Would you like to write and illustrate a book with your child? Check out this amazing mother-daughter team, Brigitte and Alyssa Brulz.
Brigitte Brulz is a homeschooling mom, author, journal creator, freelance writer, and SCBWI regional social chair. Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, which she had the pleasure of creating with her daughter, is her third published picture book. All three of her picture books have received a Readers’ Favorite Five Stars review, and her book Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles was chosen for the 2019 Read Across Connecticut program. Other writings of hers have been published in various places in print and online. She offers free coloring pages, teacher’s guides, activity ideas, and more information on her website at www.brigittebrulz.com.
Brigitte’s writings have been published in The Practical Homeschooling magazine, in The Old Schoolhouse magazine, on Money Saving Mom, on A Fine Parent, on AMA Feed, and on Hands On As We Grow, where I am currently a monthly contributor. I have also been mentioned or quoted on Moneyish, Inc., Hello Giggles, The Epoch Times, and U.S. News. I have also created courses as a lesson designer for SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
Alyssa Brulz is a 12-year-old homeschooled student who knows the alphabet in English and French. She used a computer program to create all of the illustrations for Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure, which is her first published picture book.
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Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure
“Aah! A bird is blown away and crashes on a deserted island. Will he figure out how to get off the island? And who – or what – is following him? Find out in this comical alphabet misadventure that has only one to three words per page.”
Language and Literacy Tips
This alphabet book is not just about learning the letters of the alphabet! It’s a story that young children can follow as the bird discovers his shadow and learns how to escape the tropical island.
Aah! Blown Away, Crash! is also an opportunity to learn new vocabulary for young children. Words such as panic, movement, shadow and enemy can be words we may not use everyday. What is an enemy? How does the bird feel when he says “panic”? As you read the book, use expression to help your child understand how the bird feels. To learn more about reading with expression, click here.
As you are reading the book, use print referencing skills to point to the key words and letters to increase print awareness. With the boldness of the words and the contrast of the illustration, this is easy to do! To learn more about print referencing, click here.
The book is illustrated with bold and engaging colors that will keep a child’s attention throughout the reading aloud. Do you want to learn how Alyssa illustrated this book? Listen to the podcast above to learn more about how Alyssa illustrated this book and her other projects that she is working on.
To download the free reading guide, shadow puppets, adding and subtracting activity, alphabet recognition and maze click here.