Poof ABC

Touch and Learn Alphabet - Ages 2-4 for Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten Kids

Children - Picture Book
62 Pages
Reviewed on 10/16/2018
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Poof ABC: Touch and Learn Alphabet - Ages 2-4 for Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten Kids is an educational picture book written by Arielle Berg and illustrated by Isabel Casal. Aiden the astronaut has an emergency situation in outer space. His spaceship, the ABC, is being pulled into a black hole, and the alphabet has been broken up into pieces. Can you help him fix his ship? On each page of this entertaining interactive book, kids are prompted to use their fingers to point to two letters in the appropriate order and place them in the flask at the bottom of the page. After they do so, a whimsical image, which combines the two letters treated, is revealed.

Arielle Berg’s Poof ABC makes learning the alphabet easy and fun. But Berg’s book goes further than that. Caregivers and kids can have a grand time guessing what the combined image of those two letters will be, and the genius of the book lies in the fact that those relationships are never static and never quite that easy to guess. I love books that challenge the imagination and get people thinking, and Poof ABC does just that, plus there’s the overall challenge and excitement of the science fiction plot. Isabel Casal’s illustrations work so very well with the plot; each panel is boldly and brightly colored, and the letters and their representative characters are creative and loads of fun. Ever see a dinosaur in goggles hitching a ride on a comet? That’s just the beginning. Poof ABC is a grand selection for story time, and the perfect starter book for a new reader. It’s most highly recommended.

Bruce Arrington

Poof ABC: Touch and Learn Alphabet - Ages 2-4 for Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten Kids by Arielle Berg is a picture book for children learning the alphabet and objects that begin with that particular letter of the alphabet. The beginning of the book describes the challenge—Spaceship ABC has been sucked into a “black hole” (though what that is exactly, the book doesn’t go on to describe), and so with the reader’s help, all of the letters can be put back into their proper order. Each letter is associated with an identifier which, when put together, adds a bit of comedy to the situation, and on to the next letter the story goes, all the way to Z.

The story is filled with nice giant letters and bright, colorful pictures. The art is professional and filled with the right amount of detail so as to quickly communicate the intent of each page. The interactive aspect of the reader touching the page can help to connect the meanings of the letters using the sense of touch. Since the target audience often depends on touch in the learning process, this can help solidify the meaning of the letters. Poof ABC by Arielle Berg is a good way for young children to enjoy the process of learning the alphabet and different objects they might be unfamiliar with. I believe this book will help young children be successful in their early reading years and it comes highly recommended.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Poof ABC by Arielle Berg is an interactive e-book designed for preschool children. Are you ready to blast off? The alphabet spaceship has entered a black hole. The ABCs are spaced out. Aiden the astronaut needs your help putting the letters back together again. Don’t be surprised if you see dinosaurs riding comets, giraffes living in houses, or octopuses eating hot peppers. It is all part of your special space mission.

Arielle Berg’s Poof ABC is a touch and learn alphabet picture book. Being a home school mom many years ago, I found this book to be an enjoyable teaching tool. All my children are adults now, but I know my future preschool grandchildren would benefit from this kind of book. Arielle Berg creates an interactive storyboard, using childlike and playful language to teach the ABCs. The book is easy to follow and read aloud, making it ideal for preschool age children. At the beginning of the book, the child is invited to become involved in the story. Using alliteration, Berg creates an easy to say and remember, exciting main character - Aiden the Astronaut.

Delightfully complementing the text, the illustrations are bright, colorful and amusing. Berg keeps it simple; each page reveals only two letters at a time. However, the book stimulates the imagination as the young reader anticipates how the letters and pictures will be combined. The relationship between the words and the pictures is out of the ordinary and quite humorous at times. Poof ABC is fun and educational. Parents, be prepared to read it over and over again.

Edith Wairimu

On his adventure in space, Aiden the Astronaut is stopped on his amazing journey. In an unexpected twist, he finds his spaceship ABC is sucked into a black hole. The Alphabet is in disarray and Aiden will have to put it together to continue on his journey. Since he cannot do it alone, he needs your help to organize the letters. Without you, he will be stuck in the hole forever. Join Aiden as you discover many fascinating letters that make up captivating words. Learn many aspects of nature as well as space, and join a dinosaur, an iguana or a giraffe as you learn the colorful and compelling features of the world beyond. Best of all, set Aiden the Astronaut back on his wonderful adventure in Poof ABC by Arielle Berg.

One of the delightful features contained in Arielle Berg’s book is that it inspires the young reader not only to learn the alphabet, but also to discover the many ways words can create, transform and help us discover the world around us. Berg creates engaging learning points which are later followed by “poof” moments. The flask at the bottom will help the young reader think through what they have learned and it also creates anticipation for what is to follow. Fun pictures, such as that of an octopus biting into a pepper and having its color change to a bright red, are used to include additional funny moments that make learning much more exciting. The bouts of adventure, the humorous illustrations and the color combinations all make Poof ABC a must-read for 2-4-year-old toddlers, pre-school and kindergarten young readers.

Mamta Madhavan

Poof ABC: Touch and Learn Alphabet - Ages 2-4 for Toddlers, Preschool and Kindergarten Kids by Arielle Berg is an entertaining read for children that will introduce them to the alphabet in a fun and interesting way. The book begins with Spaceship ABC being sucked into a black hole and the letters of the alphabet have been split apart. Aiden the Astronaut needs help to put the letters back in the correct order and it has to be done by touching the letters in order. Each letter stands for an object and this innovative concept of teaching the alphabet by making children touch the page is interesting. Children learn that they can tackle the world around them with ABCs along with their actions. Did Aiden the Astronaut manage to put all the letters together? Let us read the book to find out.

There are so many books revolving around the topic of teaching the alphabet to children, but this one is different and unique. Illustrator Isabel Casal has done an excellent job in giving clarity to the concept with her adorable illustrations that will help children visualize and learn the alphabet. The idea of touching the pages is novel and children will have fun learning, visualizing, and understanding the alphabet and words. The author also introduces them to science in a manner that will help them enjoy the subject. Children love books where they can participate while reading, and also books that are informal, whimsical, and fanciful. This book fulfills all those requirements and it is a good book to use for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it makes learning fun.