Magical ABCs

Alison Jay’s AlphabetBecause my husband works in animation (and because he’s rubbed off on me), we have become a bit selective when it comes to finding great books for our boys. Illustrations must be good, and the story, clever. We have to enjoy reading the book to them.

Alison Jay’s board books are beautifully illustrated, and while the text is simple, her drawings tell the most magical stories! All her books are great, but the Alphabet book is my favorite.

Each page is an accolade to a letter; counting the things on the “A” page, you will find an apple, an artist, an ant, and an airplane…and a balloon ( just to give you a hint as to what’s to come on the next page)! What is clever about Alison Jay’s books is that you will find something on each page that represents the letter on the next.

My 2-year-old loves pointing out all the things on each page that begin with the letter…and the more you read it, the more you’ll find! (My husband and I have even had contests to see who can find the most things on one page)!

The text is simple (A is for apple, B is for balloon…), which I suspect will be perfect for when he starts to read…

…though when that time comes I’m sure he’ll choose the glossy books about cars and diggers!


3 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Esther | January 24, 2008 | Reply

We love this book too! (Of course it was Court who recommended it to us.)
There is so much to this book, I keep discovering more, every time I read it!

2. Shawn Fields | January 26, 2008 | Reply

We also love this book thanks to Courtney! I would also recommend another illustrator…her name is Robin Preiss Glasser. Our favorites are You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitan Museum of Art and A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes.

3. Victoria Denyer | February 1, 2008 | Reply

Caspar also loves this book, he learnt so many words from it when starting to talk.