Boo ABC: A to Z with the World’s Cutest Dog 

J.H. Lee 
Chronicle Books (2013)
ISBN 9781452109190 

Reviewed by Serenity (age 7 months) & Eliana Summers (age 2) and Mom for Reader Views (7/13)

“A” is for adorable. “Boo ABC: A to Z with the World’s Cutest Dog” by J.H. Lee is a collection of pictures of a cute little dog named Boo as he goes through an alphabetical journey of his day.  While some of the sentences are easy to read and words that you can sound out with your child, there are a few words like ‘Destination’ and ‘Adventure’ that are too hard to sound out for someone who is just learning their ABC’s. Since the author intended the book to be a learning experience, the story should have had easy to sound out words and the word the letter stood for should have been in every sentence below. I, as a homeschooling parent, look for books that are age appropriate, and when a book is about learning your ABC’s the words should be easy to sound out and the letter the page is representing to be underlined every time it appears at the beginning of a word. This way the child see’s the letter, the word it starts with, and associates the letter sound when reading the sentence.

I like that “Boo ABC: A to Z with the World’s Cutest Dog” by J.H. Lee is easy to hold for a child and that the letter is easily recognizable on the page. The illustrations are entertaining, even for babies who are drawn to the cute dog and bright colors. When reading the book to my kids, I found pointing out the words that the letter starts with and going over the words they know made this book an enjoyable learning experience for all of us. “Boo ABC: A to Z with the World’s Cutest Dog” will be a welcome addition to our homeschooling curriculum for ABC learning.

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