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Once Upon an Alphabet

Written by Oliver Jeffers

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LoveReading View on Once Upon an Alphabet

Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016.

One of our Books of the Year 2014 - December 2014 Book of the Month  Award-winning illustrator Oliver Jeffers has created an outstanding alphabet book which goes far beyond the traditional expectations of such a book. In additional to each letter having its own, beautiful Oliver Jeffers illustration, every letter has its own mini-short story in which the particular letter features extensively. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Once Upon an Alphabet Synopsis

Ten years after the publication of his first book, How to Catch a Star, Oliver Jeffers delivers a new and exciting picture book as he follows the alphabet creating a short story for each letter, complete with his highly original and entertaining illustrations.

The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out...

Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet.

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Once Upon an Alphabet Press Reviews

Praise for 'Lost and Found'

'Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story...little children will love to share it. Carousel

'My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.' Irish Independent

Praise for 'How to Catch a Star':

'The best recent picture book by light years... stylishly spellbinding.'  Telegraph

'Hail to new talent... If only all picture books could be this good.'  The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780007514274
Publication date: 25/09/2014
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007514274
Publication date: 25th September 2014
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 112 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.  Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) ...

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