TWINKLE, TWINKLE, ABC by Barney Saltzberg

TWINKLE, TWINKLE, ABC

A Mixed-up, Mashed-up Melody
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Age Range: 4 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

“Twinkle, twinkle, ABC, / A mixed-up, mashed-up melody. / A twinkly star, an alphabet, / Just how silly can we get?”

Saltzberg brings together two familiar rhymes that share a tune—“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and the alphabet song—in a whimsical poem that encourages children to get up and move. “On a tightrope in the air, / Growl, GRRR, like you’re a bear! // Play a banjo on your knee, / HIJKLMNOP.” Letters of the alphabet float around in large, colorful display type, sometimes making it difficult to guess whether they are part of the song or part of the illustrations. Three kids delightedly frolic through the rhyme in vibrant, colorful cartoon illustrations outlined in thin black lines. The largest child has red hair and a fluorescent green face and wears a cowboy hat with a feather in it; the middle one has light brown hair in pigtails and a blue face and wears a dress. The littlest one has an orange face, blue-black curly, short hair and wears yellow footed pajamas. They dance with brio through various verses of this imaginative song with a trio of animal companions before falling asleep under the stars. “Twinkle, twinkle, ABC // A mixed-up, mashed-up, zzzzzz.”

Sing this untraditional alphabet song out loud to older preschoolers who are confident in their knowledge of the alphabet and will appreciate this creative and quirky “mixed-up, mashed-up jamboree!” (Board book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-7148-7507-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Phaidon
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2018




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