Thursday, November 18, 2010

Flip-a-Word Books and a Giveaway

Johnny Boo's favorite books when he was learning to read were the Flip-a-Word books by Harriet Ziefert and Yukiko Kido. He couldn't get enough of them then, and he still enjoys reading them now, even though he's on to more-advanced books.

Each Flip-a-Word book focuses on three word families:

  • Crab Cab (the ot family, the ab family, the it family)
  • Pig Wig (the ig family, the ug family, the at family)
  • Quack Shack (the ack family, the ick family, the ock family)
  • Snake Cake (the ake family, the oat family, the ant family)
  • Snow Bow (the eet family, the ate family, the ow family)
  • Stop Pop (the op family, the un family, the an family)
  • Wet Pet (the et family, the ed family, the am family)

Review by Johnny Boo, age 4

Flip-a-Word: Snake Cake
Author/illustrator: Harriet Ziefert/Yukiko Kido
Publisher: Blue Apple Books

Snake Cake is about a snake, a cake, a rake, a goat, a boat, a coat, an ant, a plant and a slant. My favorite part is when the goat is in a coat and the goat floats on a boat. I like this book because it's funny and recommended. I think the pictures are fantastic because they're nicely painted. I would recommend this book to kids who like fantastic and enormous* books.

*Editor's note: If by enormous he means "able to carry in one's medium-sized purse..."

Johnny Boo modeled his own mini flip-a-word book after Flip-a-Word: Pig Wig and turned a rug...:

...into a bug:

Of course, he told me that these words are too easy for him now and requested that we make a book with harder words (he suggested "comet" and "vomit," but I don't think those will work).

And now, a giveaway! I have an extra hardcover copy of Flip-a-Word: Stop Pop to send to one of my readers.

Here's a little blurb from the publisher:

Turn the pages to see new words and pictures appear before your very eyes! 

Bold illustrations and die-cut pages add special kid appeal and guarantee success for beginning readers. Learning how to read has never been so much fun!

To enter, just leave a comment telling me your favorite book for beginning readers. Also, follow and subscribe to my blog. Or not. I'll use to pick the winner. Giveaway probably ends December 2, 2010. Residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Dec. 3 Update: Giveaway is almost over. I've decided to let Johnny Boo pick from a hat, so I'll accept comments until that happens.

Dec. 5 Update: We have a winner, picked by a blindfolded Johnny Boo. Congrats to Danelle, whose comment was "My favorite first book to read is Good Night Moon. I also like Baby Baby Baby."


Charlene Juliani said...

Love their little flip book..cute idea!

There are so many books to get kids to learn how to read, the best ones are the rhyming ones...Like Frog Hops or any of the Dr. Suess books.

Grandma and Grandpa said...

Is there an age limit?

Ashley R said...

Sheep in a Jeep would probably be great for a new reader. My son is too young to start reading, but I would imagine it would be great for when he's ready to learn!
reynoldsmommy at gmail dot com

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This series sounds great. Glad you avoided the comet page!

As a thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn I tweeted about this post.

RedTedArt said...

Oh my. You son is AWESOME! I LOVE his flip book! What a clever boy! You are definitely doing something right with all your books and crafting!!!!

Thank you for sharing this with me on Kids Get Crafty!


Ginny Marie said...

I love how the rug turning into a bug! Such a cute craft. I just reviewed a book for beginners on my blog: Biscuit and the Little Pup. My daughter loves it!

Visiting from Feed Me Books Friday!

Carole said...

We love Dick and Jane! I just love seeing them with the stories I grew up with.... : )

Lenore Appelhans said...

Hi! You signed up for the Book Blogger Holiday Swap but the e-mail address you gave does not work. Would you please e-mail me at lenoreva AT hotmail DOT com ?

Thank you!

Melissa Taylor said...

Our favorite books for early readers are the elephant and piggie books by Mo Willems - and Piegon Wants a Puppy.

Kyla B said...

This series sounds really great! Right now my little one is loving 'Counting Colors' by Roger Priddy. Hes just old enough to start learning colors & numbers, and its wonderful for that!


Unknown said...

My favorite first book to read in Good Night Moon. I also like Baby Baby Baby

I follow you publicly via GFC & Google too-DanelleJohnson

danellejohns at gmail dot com

theartsymom said...

Super cool!

pussreboots said...

My favorite is Fox in Socks but my daughter's is It Looked Like Spilt Milk.

The1stdaughter said...

I honestly can say I've never heard of these books before, but I know without a doubt (after reading your review) that my kiddos would love them, especially my son. Thank you so much for sharing them! I love the art projects as well!

As for favorite book for beginning readers...for my Littlebug it would definitely be the Cat the Cat series by Mo Willems and for my Turkeybird it would be Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. Both are wonderful and really get kiddos engaged in the story.

Unknown said...

We love nursery rhymes and wheels on the bus is absolute No1! :) BTW, you made me laugh with "giveaway will probably end" LMAO

Anonymous said...

Wow, we would have loved these books. I'm with you on vomit! My daughter loved Fly Guy and Elephant and Piggie ... and still does!

Thanks for being part of the I Can Read carnival.