Iguanas, pandas, tigers too! Its a letter parade just for you!
Various animals, a couple of people and a few objects, all starting with the appropriate letter, parade through the alphabet. One or two letters and their designated representatives are featured on their own page as they take readers from A to Z. An ostrich rides on a float with a large letter "O" behind it, while a panda and polar bear march with a banner sporting the letter "P." One, two or three rhymed couplets accompany each scene, often heavy with alliteration: "C is for the clapping CLOWN who wears a cowboy hat. / D is for the dancing DOG who waltzes with a cat! // E is for the ELEPHANT who waves at everyone. / F is for the friendly FOX who fiddles just for fun." There are some clever moments here and there ("L is for the LEOPARD who likes to count his spots"), but mostly the text is nothing new. The lively paintings of friendly creatures in bright colors drawn with playful line are what give the book energy, although some of the visuals come across as improbable rather than whimsical (a unicorn carrying an umbrella in its hoof?). The letters are written in a variety of typefaces, colors, patterns and fonts, so this may be best for more experienced alphabet-book readers. While not spectacular, it is an amusing spectacle all the same. (Board book. 2-4)
Meet the Author
Charles Ghigna (also known as Father Goose®)lives in a treehouse in Alabama. He is the author of morethan 100 award-winning books for children and adultsfromRandom House,Capstone,Disney, Hyperion, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Abrams, Charlesbridgeand other publishers. His poems appear in hundreds of magazines fromThe New YorkerandHarper'stoCricketandHighlights. He is a former poetry editor of theEnglish Journaland nationally syndicated feature writer for Tribune Media Services.
Ag Jatkowska has been drawing and playing with color ever since she can remember. She loved to create as a child and dreamed of being an artist from a very young age. Ag now lives in Bath and works as a full-time illustrator and she has been dealing with illustration, graphic design, greeting cards, stationery and photography.
Ag graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk (Poland) with a MA in Graphic Design and Illustration.
She really enjoys illustrating children and animal characters, creating their personalities visually, and making them come alive on the page.
She has produced illustrations for various publishers.
In her spare time she loves to discover new places, spending time with her husband and her little son, she loves children books, film, yoga and chocolate.
More of her work can be seen via her blog: www.agjatkowska.blogspot.com and her website: www.agnieszkajatkowska.com
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There are so many alphabet books out there that it is really difficult to come up with a creative new way of delivering the same information. But The Alphabet Parade does a pretty good job of giving children something they haven't seen before. The things chosen to represent each letter of the alphabet all fit under the parade or circus theme. The text is written in rhyme, and it's done very well. Other than Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I haven't seen any other rhyming alphabet books that I actually enjoyed reading to my kids. The illustrations really made this book. They are bright, fun, and energetic. AG Jatkowska's style is warm and cute, perfect for the toddlers that will be reading this book. Overall, this is a great choice for an alphabet book. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Alphabet Parade by Charles Ghigna My rating: 4 of 5 stars What a beautifully illustrated book that can engage children on many different reading levels. The Alphabet Parade by Charles Ghigna takes you on a parade through the alphabet from A to Z. Younger kids can enjoy the pictures, older can recognize the letters, and those a little older can pick out more sight words and read along. My daughter had so much fun helping read this book aloud that we read it twice.