When ML saw Take Away the A: An Alphabeast of a Book! by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo book, she said, “I’m getting too old for these kind of books.” She thought it was a traditional alphabet book. I assured ML, “It’s not an ABC book for preschoolers. You have to be in 1st grade or higher to understand this complicated alphabet book.”
On each page spread, one letter is removed from a word to form another word. When you take away the letter “b” from bride? The new word is ride. More specifically, “the BRIDE goes for a RIDE.” The illustrations comically portray phrases created. For example, the bride is pictured riding a ferris wheel with her veil flowing in the wind. The groom is in the chair behind her. It’s unclear if she is running away or not. I’ll leave the decision up to you. Pay careful attention to the facial expressions before determining your answer.
I don’t want to give away too many of the clever subtractions; but ML loved the “the MONKEY makes MONEY.” My favorite was “PLANTS wear PANTS”
Read this book. Then, create your own word play. My first letter subtraction attempt… “PLAY this game. No need to PAY.” What’s yours?