A Clever Twist on the Traditional Alphabet Book

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 by No Comments
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Alphabet books for toddlers are a dime a dozen, but Alphablock by Christopher Francsecelli manages to stand out from the crowd.

Each two page spread begins with the letter of the alphabet as a cut out that the reader turns to guess what letter will be represented. The background gives a subtle clue to the selected item.

For example, a picnic basket and blanket indicate that A is for apple, while a background of falling confetti suggests that B is for balloon and flour, sugar, and chocolate chips suggest that C is for cookie.

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The illustrations by Peskimo are all very colorful with a slight retro feel. I love that there’s a mix of animals, people, and objects represented. I also think it’s a plus that nothing is too obscure.

I remember that my son never really got that Y is for yak, no matter how many alphabet books told him so. (Alphablock uses a yacht for the letter Y. While that’s still not something most toddlers will come in contact with, a big boat is still easier to explain than a “a long-haired bovid found throughout the Himalayan region of south Central Asia.”)

The book itself seems to be very high quality, which is essential when you’re dealing with a board book. The cover is padded and the pages are all made from a sturdy chipboard. However, since the letters are die cut images, they are a little more fragile than the book itself.

If you want to avoid ripped pages, I’d suggest saving the book for a supervised story time instead of giving it to your toddler to look at on his own.

You can purchase Alphablock on Amazon for $14.19.

Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by the publisher.

Photo credit: Amazon

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at danahinders.com.

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