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About Alvin Zamudio

Alvin Zamudio is working artist, composer, producer & an author. He and his wife, Margaret, have three children—two of whom illustrated his book—and live in St. Charles, Missouri. Visit Alvin's website 


Alvin Zamudio and his wife Margaret

Author Alvin Zamudio and his niece Jamie Zamudio

Alvin and his niece Jamie, who inspired the idea for the book back in 1992 with the word "Bullela"

About the Dictionary

In 1992, Alvin's little niece Jamie reminded him not to forget his "bullela" before they walked out in the rain. From that single mispronounced word came both a great laugh and a great idea. Eventually, Alvin began compiling all the mispronounced words he could find from parents he knew, in the hopes of getting a first edition published someday. Years later, the idea was again reborn using the internet, and at the urging of his wife Margaret, he landed on a local news station to tell viewers about the idea for the book. After a meeting with Reedy Press, he was offered a deal on the book and the first edition came off the presses in September of 2010.


About American Sandbox

American Sandbox was born of the idea for the Dictionary of Mispronounced English as a brand for parenting humor merchandise that donates a portion of all income to children in need. For more information on beneficiary organizations, please use the contact page to request details.


Author Alvin Zamudio and his niece Jamie Zamudio
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