Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

Ah-ha to Zig-zag

By: Maira Kalman

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Ah-ha to Zig-zag

Summary:
This ABC book celebrates thirty-one objects from the Cooper Hewitt. Objects range from a thirteenth-century silk thinking cap to 1889 tin slippers with bows, all the way to Gerrit Rietveld’s Zig-Zag chair.

Rating: 3 ***

Watch the ladybug. She pretends to be each type of bug as each one is introduced. She’s the only constant bug in the book.

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Take Away the A

Written By: Michael Escoffier
Illustrated By: Kris Di Giacomo

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Take Away the A

Summary:
What happens when you subtract just one letter from a word? Beginning with “without the A the beast is the best” a pack of silly creatures work their way through the alphabet, subtracting each letter from a different word to alter its meaning and tell a story.

Rating: 4 ****

A brilliant alphabet book for emerging readers about word play with a riddle for each letter. Kids will love the play on words. Some of the tales are a rather grim though.

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Once Upon an Alphabet

By: Oliver Jeffers

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Once Upon an Alphabet

Summary:
From an Astronaut who’s afraid of heights, to a Bridge that ends up burned between friends, to a Cup stuck in a cupboard and longing for freedom, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet.

Rating: 4 ****

Surprisingly grim. Not the heartfelt stories Jeffers usually creates. There are some fun moments where the letters and their characters intertwine, but these are rare.

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Bad Kitty

By: Bad Kitty

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Bad Kitty

Summary:
When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.

Rating: 4 ****

A funny alphabet inspired story. Not too keen on the kitty hating all of the healthy food, but all the food she does like is even more yucky.

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Alfie’s ABC

By: Shirley Hughes

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Alfie’s ABC


An alphabet book using Alfie and his sister Annie Rose to illustrate the letters from A to Z.

Rating: 5 *****

An alphabet book from a child’s perspective of what is important to him.

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I Stink!

By Kate McMullan

I Stink!

Follow a night in the life of a cool garbage truck with a bad attitude as he makes the rounds and picks up an A-to-Z list of stinky garbage.

Rating: *****

Garbage has never been so funny or educational.

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