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Monday 18 September 2023

Review: Letters for Lunch: How to Eat the Alphabet

The award-winning Maree Coote, with her acclaimed brilliance in the use of words and the alphabet, has come up with another stunning publication.

 Using vegetables, fruit, and nutritious food in the guise of letters, she has created work of amazing beauty.

From the exquisite and clever typography to the creative and individual personifying of each letter, the text takes the prize! 

In rhyming verse, Coote serves the letter well.

Letters for Lunch: How to Eat the Alphabet

The title is an achievement in itself. 

We go into the end pages. Stunning colour is alluring. 

Compilations of complex images of vegetable-shaped letters, invite eaters to indulge in their beauty, value, and ways of eating them through simple ways to serve.

Each entry/letter has a dream of becoming something special, and a recipe is included for its use that promises maximum benefits.

Imaginative and full of surprise, there is no age group pinned to this superb presentation.

Letter art is a rare and welcome medium and Coote is Queen of this medium.

Readers will admire her work as I do. It makes me laugh, and I’m always in awe of the expansive, lateral ways she approaches her subject.

This book will be a prize winner as it deserves to be. Don’t miss out on the experience that comes with it, as you look-and-find to spell-a -picture!

Title: Letters for Lunch: How to Eat the Alphabet
Author/Illustrator: Maree Coote
Publisher: MelbourneStyle, $29.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2023
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780648568476
For ages: 5 – 105
Type: Non Fiction Picture Book