P Is for Pterodactyl

P Is for Pterodactyl

The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

Book - 2018
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A New York TimesBestseller!

A "raucous trip through the odd corners of our alphabet." --The New York Times

Let's get real--the English language is bizarre. A might be for apple, but it's also for aisle and aeons. Why does the word "gnat" start with a G but the word "knot" doesn't start with an N? It doesn't always make sense, but don't let these rule-breaking silent letters defeat you!

This whimsical, funky book from Raj Haldar (aka rapper Lushlife) turns the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, poking fun at the most mischievous words in the English language and demonstrating how to pronounce them. Fun and informative for word nerds of all ages!

Publisher: Naperville, Illinois :, Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781492674313
Branch Call Number: JE HAL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm


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May 17, 2019

I, my 9-year-old daughter, and my husband (whose first language isn't English) all shared a chuckle over this work highlighting some of the goofier aspects of English pronunciation.

VaughanPLKelly May 14, 2019

Silent letters can be mischievous! (Note: there's a glossary in the back to help you out with pronouncing them.)

May 13, 2019

Older kids

JCLHeatherC Apr 26, 2019

Any alphabet book that includes the word gnocchi gets a thumbs up from me!

multcolib_karene Feb 21, 2019

If EWE are a person who loves words and puns and YOU want to confuse young readers, then look in the book AISLE, for this book. OUI, OUI!

VaughanPLMichael Feb 14, 2019

I love using this in an A-B-C story time. Paired with a classic ABC book, P is for Pterodactyl perfect!

Some of the words are really hard, so practice a few times before diving in. The guide in the back is a life saver (especially for a Dyslexic such as myself). If you want to use this in a teaching setting, ask kids and caregivers words they know that don't follow the usual language rule.

JCLBeckyC Feb 11, 2019

Kids and caregivers who love puns and wordplay will enjoy this book that focuses on those pesky rebels of the alphabet: silent letters.


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JCLBeckyC Feb 11, 2019

"Y is not for why."

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