Monday, November 2, 2020

Review - The Alphabet's Alphabet

The Alphabet's Alphabet

by Chris Harris
illustrated by Dan Santat
Date: 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 48
Format: e-book
Source: library

For fans of P is for Pterodactyl comes this groundbreaking spin on the ABC's from an acclaimed, bestselling author and artist pairing!

Here's a totally twisted take on the alphabet that invites readers to look at it in a whole new way: An A is an H that just won't stand up right, a B is a D with its belt on too tight, and a Z is an L in a tug-of-war fight! Twenty-six letters, unique from each other -- and yet, every letter looks just like one another! Kind of big family.

From two bestselling masters of wordplay and visual hijinks comes a mind-bending riddle of delightful doppelgängers and surprising disguises that reveal we're more alike than we may think. You'll never look at the alphabet the same way again!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

The Alphabet's Alphabet has a unique premise: the letters of the alphabet are kind of like one big family... and all of them resemble someone else in the family tree! Well, except for S (but I'm still impressed that the author was able to come up with 25 doppelgängers).

This is an alphabet book for slightly older kids. The amusing illustrations show this family of letters and their similarities. There's even a code to break at the end (that I spent way too much time on, but what can I say? I'm a puzzle geek). The text rhymes, and it's quite well done.

I don't know if I'd recommend this to kids who are still just learning their letters, but I would recommend it to older readers who can appreciate the similarities of the letters.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 5/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 4.14 out of 5

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