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 Alphabet mystery
 Author: Wood, Audrey

 Illustrator: Wood, Bruce Robert

 Publisher:  Blue Sky Press
 Pub Year: 2003

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 25 x 28 cm.

 BTSB No: 962331 ISBN: 9780439443371
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Alphabet -- Fiction
 Kissing -- Fiction

Price: $20.51

Summary:
Little x is missing from Charley's Alphabet, and the other lowercase letters go off to solve the mystery of his disappearance, learning in the end how valuable a little x can be.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 70132
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.90
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 33937

Common Core Standards 
   CC Maps Recommended Works Gde K-5
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade K → Reading → RL Literature → K.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 1 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 1.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   K.RF Print Concepts
   Grade 2 → Reading → RL Reading Literature → 2.RL Key Ideas & Details

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (08/01/03)
   School Library Journal (11/03)
   Booklist (12/01/03)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 11/01/2003 PreS-Gr 2-A story that invites participation and promotes letter recognition. When Little x disappears from Charley's Alphabet, the rest of the letters search for him, finding him in the castle of Master M. To their surprise, he does not want to be rescued, because he is useful there unlike at home, where Charley seldom uses him. When Master M awakes and threatens to use the letters in soup, Little x comes to the rescue and they all return home safely. There, Charley helps his dad decorate a birthday cake for his mother, and he uses Little x four times-because it is the only letter that stands for kisses. As in Alphabet Adventure (Scholastic, 2001), children will work on a skill necessary to begin reading as they enjoy the story and the bright, three-dimensional-looking digital illustrations filled with detail.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. - Copyright 2003 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 12/01/2003 Charley's letters from Alphabet Adventure (2001) set off on another escapade to find Little x , who was absent from the bedtime roll call. After Little t tattles that x took a pencil and flew away, the other letters hop on a pencil and take off to hunt for him. They find him in a castle, held captive by Giant M, a miserable monster. It seems Little x ran away because Charley never used him. But Little i knows a secret; tomorrow is Charley's mother's birthday, and Charley plans to use Little x . Monster M lets Little x go and allows each letter to choose a gift from his treasure room. As it turns out, Charley makes a cake, spells out I Love You Mom, and uses Little x four times--for kisses, of course. Visual and verbal puns add to the fun of learning the alphabet, as do the vividly colored, digitally created illustrations that look like animated photographs. Kids will love the I Spy aspect of matching letters to the gifts. - Copyright 2003 Booklist.

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