Saturday, June 10, 2017

Letterman! The Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

First things first, as we say, and in his recently published board book, An Alphabet (Philomel Books, 2017), author-illustrator Oliver Jeffers offers a "just the facts, ma'am" alphabet book--an image of something and the corresponding initial letter.

Jeffers' choice of nouns is a bit unusual with an Iceberg, a Gourd, a Magnet, a Viking, and a Yeti standing in for the usual preschool-specific vocabulary, with opposite pages featuring Jeffers' iconic drawings made familiar in his earlier illustrations for books such as The Day the Crayons Quit, making this new board book edition an introduction to the letters for preschoolers sophisticated enough to have a developed vocabulary.

This basic abecedarius is an abridgement of Oliver Jeffers' noted 2014 editon, Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters, (Philomel Books), which also featured charming rhyming anecdotes for each letter and which School Library Journal described as "An altogether stimulating, surprising, and satisfying reading experience."