Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

Take Away the A

Written by Michael Escoffier
Illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo

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Winner of the English Association 4-11 Picture Book Awards 2016 - Non-Fiction 4-7 category and Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award What a difference a letter makes! Without the G the glove falls in love; remove the K and the monkey makes money; without the A, the beast is best! It’s such a clever idea, one reading and you’ll be working out more word games to add. Nor is it without adventure: there’s a story behind each illustration. Watch the dog playing cards with the goose (dice becomes ice) and you know he’s up to something; when the crab hails a cab, you can feel the urgency in his claw; how much does the bride really care for her husband left lonely in the carriage of the Ferris wheel as she goes for a ride alone? Witty and sophisticated, this is an alphabet book unlike any other, and one to return to again and again. ~ Andrea Reece


Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier

A word totally transforms if you take away just one letter - without the A, the beast is best. Without the W, the witch has an itch!

This is an alphabet book like no other. An irreverant exploration not only of letters in their alphabetic order, but also of how they form words and communicate ideas. Packed with humour and wordplay, the author and illustrator effortlessly play off each other to enhance humour and meaning. Children will not be able to resist inventing imaginative examples of their own.


'All alphabet books require mastery of the letters in order to read them, but this one manages that paradox with genius.' The New York Times Book Review

'Beyond the inherent fun of the concept (which has plenty of potential for classroom activities), every scene tells a story - it's practically 26 books in one.' STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

'Amid the flood of alphabet books, now and then one rises to the surface. This one is a prize catch.' STARRED REVIEW, Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Michael Escoffier was born in France in 1970. Raised by a family of triceeratops, he discovered his passion for making up stories at a young age. Michael has written over fifty books and divides his time between writing, teaching and being a dad. He lives in Lyon, France, with his wife and two children.

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64 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Michael Escoffier
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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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