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 Little i
 Author: Hall, Michael

 Publisher:  Greenwillow Books (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [40] p., col. ill., 27 cm

 BTSB No: 412625 ISBN: 9780062383006
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Alphabet -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Quests (Expeditions) -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

When Little i's dot falls off and rolls down a hill and over a cliff, the letter embarks on a journey to rescue it.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 191227

   Kirkus Reviews (06/15/17)
   School Library Journal (08/01/17)
   Booklist (09/01/17)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2017 K-Gr 1—A playful exploration of language and punctuation with expressive alphabet characters, an exciting journey, and a triumphant ending. "Little i" lives a peaceful life with his fellow alphabet companions until the day his dot suddenly falls off and rolls away. Without his dot, Little i doesn't look like a letter anymore. He even looks a little like a number, and you certainly can't make any words with numbers. Uncertain and determined to regain his identity, he sets off to find his dot, embarking on an exciting journey that takes him across the sea, far from his home, and into unknown lands of language. Bright, chunky, and delicately textured cut-paper and collage illustrations fill each page of this story to the brim with color and movement. A variety of punctuation marks are thoughtfully incorporated into the story and design. In one instance, Little i encounters a waterfall of exclamation points that is "Exciting! Spectacular! Magnificent!" Later, he discovers four small green comma sprouts and pauses to admire each in turn. The matching text type and shape of the alphabet characters integrate the narrative and illustrations, and repetitive phrasing and rhetorical questions add to the appeal for younger readers. VERDICT An inventive and well-executed story and design make this an excellent choice for young storytimes and a strong selection for most collections.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 09/01/2017 In the tradition of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (1989), E-mergency (2011), and countless others, this lighthearted adventure starring the lowercase i portrays the letters of the alphabet with human characteristics. When his dot falls away, Little i searches for it, traveling to an island that has formations that resemble punctuation marks. Little i thinks a waterfall of exclamation marks is “exciting! Spectacular! Magnificent!” In a garden of commalike sprouts, he pauses to admire each (Get it?). When Little i finds his dot, he realizes he has outgrown it, and upon returning home, he discovers he has morphed into a capital I. The brief text and uncomplicated plot make this manageable for those just learning the alphabet, while the sly humor will appeal to those a bit older. The painted- and cut-paper collage illustrations feature brightly hued letters that stand boldly out against white backgrounds. Unlike others of this ilk, the letter characters spell out their messages—if they had their say, a, w, e, s, o, m, and e would declare this “awesome!” - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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