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.
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.
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