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A Noisy Journey From A to Z

by Julie Larios
illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Make some noise for the most fun alphabet book you’ll read this year! A lively, engaging read aloud just right for toddlers and preschoolers.

“Children ages 2-5 who like a bit of noise with their books will enjoy these bright and buoyant pages.” —Wall Street Journal

“An absolute zoo of an ABC book―in the best possible way.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

Author Julie Larios teams up with award-winning author and illustrator Julie Paschkis to lead young readers on a humorous, boisterous parade through the alphabet―letter by letter and sound by noisy sound!

This charming story begins quietly as Mouse selects a flower for someone very dear to him. Then the fun kicks in! To complete his journey, Mouse must make his way through the alphabet. One sniff of his special flower―Achoo!―and a bee flies out―Bzzz! Readers will love meeting the colorful characters along Mouse’s trek and will cheer when he reaches his destination and presents the flower to…. Well, that part of the story is a surprise!

Larios and Paschkis have produced an entertaining combination of clever onomatopoeic wordplay and lively art that’s ideal for educators seeking fun, interactive read-alouds, storytime, and for preschoolers learning oral language. It’s sure to delight young fans and inspire them to create imaginary alphabet adventures of their own.

Also available from Julie Paschkis:
Kalinka and Grakkle
Mooshka, A Quilt Story
P. Zonka Lays an Egg

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-68263-169-0
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/8″ x 9-3/8″
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
Lexile: NP
Themes: Humor, Imagination, Storytelling, Wordplay
BISAC 1: JUV009010 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Alphabet
BISAC 2: JUV009110 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Sounds
BISAC 3: JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“Vibrant colors prevail in Julie Paschkis’s lively folk art… Children ages 2-5 who like a bit of noise with their books will enjoy these bright and buoyant pages.” —Wall Street Journal

“This clever take on the alphabet book lets readers fill in the story on their own…. Paschkis’ folk-art–inspired illustrations, filled with movement, pattern, and color, practically leap off the page…. An absolute zoo of an ABC book—in the best possible way.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“[An] entertainingly madcap alphabet adventure… Paschkis provides delicate drawings… The solidly colored backgrounds pop with eye-catching hues…Paschkis keeps the compositions from becoming cluttered. Viewers will delight in narrating the action, particularly given the boisterous sounds occurring all throughout the book, and in spotting and naming all the animals that appear.” —The Horn Book Magazine

“Charming…adorable, brightly colored illustrations… Parents, teachers, and caregivers will enjoy the artwork and the opportunity to work on oral language…. A lovely and fun addition to an early childhood collection or for early literacy experiences.” —School Library Journal

“An especially lively alphabet to read aloud, and listeners will get a kick out of joining in on the cartoonish sounds. Folk-art-style patterns and motifs make Paschkis’ watercolor illustrations attractively decorative…a visually playful outing.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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Meet the Author

Julie Larios

Julie Larios is an award-winning poet whose work for adults has been included twice in The Best American Poetry series. With children, she loves exploring riddles, rhymes, chants, blessings, curses, playground songs, and the amazing music and mystery of words. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, at the northwest tip of the Pacific Northwest. This is her fifth book for children.

Meet the Illustrator

Julie Paschkis

Julie Paschkis attended Cornell University and the School for American Craftsmen at RIT, where she earned a BFA. She taught art to grade school children for several years while working on her own art and illustration. Julie now works full-time painting, creating commercial illustrations, and illustrating children’s books. Some of her books include Albert the Fix-It Man; Where Is Catkin?; Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella; and Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary. She lives in Washington. You can visit her website here.