PPBF! Back to Front and Upside Down! By Claire Alexander

8 Mar

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because the Librarian on the Columbia County Book Mobile recommended it!

backtofrontBack to Front and Upside Down!

By Claire Alexander

26 pages -ages 4+

Published by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers on June 6, 2012

Theme/Topic – Dyslexia/perseverance

Opening and Synopsis – Taken from the back of the book –

“Let’s all make birthday cards for Mr. Slippers!” Miss Catnip said. Stan had lots of brilliant ideas for what to draw. “Excellent!” said Miss Catnip. “But first of all… your cards need to say Happy Birthday.” Oh no! thought Stan. He hadn’t realized there would be writing!”

Stan wants to do a great birthday card for Mr. Slippers, the principal. But when he tries to write, his words come out back to front and upside down! Stan is afraid to ask for help because he thinks everyone will laugh at him. What will Stan do?

Why I liked this book – First off, the illustrations are CUTE! I love that the kids are animals too, meaning it can be any kid. That is a great message. I like how Stan handles his problem. Jack was a great friend to Stan and I would love it if he was a  real person in my grade. I like that this book is a book about a kid that has problems writing. It could be that he has dyslexia or that he is just not as experienced with writing as the other kids. I like that a boy and a girl are having trouble. I like that it shows that girls have trouble too with writing, not just boys. The book also teaches kids to ask for help when they need it and usually there is another person having the same trouble.

Activities and Resources –

Here is the book’s trailer –

Plan a birthday party for one of your kid’s favorite stuffed animal. Help your child write a birthday card and makes signs for writing practice.

Candles spell out the traditional English birt...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You can learn more about dyslexia and how to help someone with it by visiting the International Dyslexia Association by clicking HERE.

This is a video my parents showed me to help understand what it is like to be dyslexic (someone very close to me is dyslexic).

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog  HERE!

I promised to announce the Winner of the Flora and the Flamingo poster… Well, Josie picked the Winner out of a hat… and the Winner is… Wait. Cue the trumpets! Beat the drums! Tweedle your kazoos!  The Winner is…


I will be emailing you to get your address! Thanks! Let’s see the FABULOUS prize you won!

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43 Responses to “PPBF! Back to Front and Upside Down! By Claire Alexander”

  1. Catherine Johnson March 8, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    What a cute fun book that helps bring awareness to dyslexia. Great choice, Erik.


  2. ontheplumtree March 8, 2013 at 7:07 am #

    Dyslexia is such an important thing to learn about. Sounds great and I love the illustrations on the trailer.


  3. Angela Brown March 8, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    I remember discovering what dyslexia was as a kid (oh that was eons ago lol!!) but I also recall the fear a classmate had in dealing with it, the anxiety of being teased because he was too afraid to ask for help. This book sounds like it is addressing the issue of dyslexia and hitting all the right points.


  4. Janet Smart March 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    A great book to make kids feel at ease about asking for help! That’s very hard to do sometimes, even for adults. Thanks for the review.


  5. alisonhertz March 8, 2013 at 8:23 am #

    Thank you for sharing this book. I really like the trailer and enjoyed the video you attached about dyslexia.


  6. Wendy Greenley March 8, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    It’s interesting that the book only has 26 pages. Goes to show that it’s all about the story, however long (or short!) it turns out to be.


  7. Jarm Del Boccio March 8, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    This is certainly a unique topic for a picture book, Erik, but one that is much needed. Thanks for sharing this with us! Love the videos…


  8. Beth Stilborn March 8, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    This book sounds EXCELLENT. Your resources are perfect, too. Thanks, Erik, for highlighting a book that will help so many kids.


  9. PragmaticMom March 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    What a great post on teaching kids to have empathy for those with dyslexia! I am pinning it and tweeting it and adding to Sulia.


  10. Patricia Tilton March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    I really like this book on dyslexia. And, I think it was a brilliant idea to show the other kids struggling with other writing issues. Great video — very well done.


  11. julie rowan zoch March 8, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I want to hug Stan and all his friends! Very sweet pick! Thanks for posting the video about dyslexia, too – I have always wondered!


  12. patientdreamer March 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    A great choice Erik! I have a writing friend who suffers from this but I admire her gutzy attitude in not letting it bet her as a writer. So I really loved your choice today, Erik. Thanks.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks March 9, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      Thanks Ms. Tulloch! I like that your friend still writes, even though she has dyslexia! 😀


  13. Joanna March 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Great choice to help kids understand dyslexia better. Love the video too.


  14. clarbojahn March 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    I like that there’s both a girl and a boy having trouble writing, too. It’s important not single a specific gender with that. Thanks for a terrific post about a big problem and thanks for raising awareness for it with the video. 🙂


  15. readingwithrhythm March 8, 2013 at 11:45 pm #

    Most of the kids I read with have struggles getting everything right side up. I can be very patient with that. This looks like it would be a good book to share. I’ll have to check it out! Thanks!


  16. Sandi Purdell-Lewis March 9, 2013 at 12:45 am #

    What a great book, Thanks for sharing it Erik. And the video. Pinning madly.


  17. Stacy S. Jensen March 10, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    This looks like a fun way to share an important topic. I’ve met people (even older than me!), who said there was no help for them when they were young on this issue. It wasn’t recognized. Today, we thankfully recognize this issue and work to help those dealing with it. Great suggestion!


  18. Caroline March 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    This looks like a great book to share with an important topic. I’ll look into it.


  19. Joanne Roberts March 11, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Tell the librarian thank-you. I am drawn to a book by its great illustrations, but reread for an engaging story. This pb sounds like it has both. Thanks for sharing this with us.


  20. Myra GB March 25, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    This reminded me of Margarita Engle’s novel in verse “The Wild Book” which talks about her grandmother’s dyslexia – it was even called ‘word blindness’ back in the day. Interesting book, will check whether we have this in our libraries.



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