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Sunday 27 August 2017

Review: Once Upon an ABC

Stunning in every way, this intelligent and superbly designed book of verse reflects the creators’ abilities. It stands apart from all other alphabet books you may have seen.

Each letter represents a folk tale or fairytale from different parts of the world. This is an area in which Sophie Masson excels, and this gift of knowledge will encourage children to seek out and learn about the characters, their names, stories and origins.

The exceptional layout on quality paper adds to the overall beauty. Christopher Nielson’s immersion in the text produces a refined combination of colour and expression.
The end papers display the letters. Each of the characters from the letters is represented on the covers as a border around the title square in the centre.

I can’t fault this book. It’s a booklover’s treasure and will sure to be added to adult bookcases as well as children’s due to its outstanding individuality.

Title: Once Upon an ABC
Author: Sophie Masson
Illustrator: Christopher Nielson
Publisher: Hardie Grant, $24.99
Publication Date: April 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760128432
For ages: 5+
Type: Non-Fiction