I’m sure you’ve seen this book around on social media – I’m here to tell you it lives up to the hype!

Title: P is for Pterodactyl

Author: Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter

Illustrator: Maria Tina Beddia

Source: Raincoast Books for review

Summary from Goodreads:

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!

What I Thought:

As a mother of three and a book blogger I have read more than my fair share of alphabet books. So. Many. More. I deserve a medal.

But when I first saw this book on Facebook and thought, “Pterodactyl is such a stupid word. That looks stinkin hilarious!” I knew I had to read it.

Imagine my glee when it turned up in my mailbox only a few days later!

The bizarre illustrations and bold colours combine to form a literary enigma wrapped in a comic book.

Words like “tsunami” and “Zhivago” replace the more mundane “train” and “zebra” found in most children’s books.

My daughter loved it and was delightfully confused by the quirkiness of this book. It was a terrific read aloud and led to some very lengthy discussions about our silly language. She is at the perfect age for this since she’s really starting to figure out how to spell things, so having her try to read it aloud first was hilarious.

And if you as the grownup happen to get stuck on a particularly difficult word you can always flip to the back of the book where they have put a handy dandy pronunciation guide!

P is for Pterodactyl is a perfect gift that’s sure to delight.

Do you have a favourite ridiculous English word?