Today’s review is for The Alphabet Parade, written by Charles Ghigna, illustrated by A. G. Jatkowska, published by Picture Window Books (an imprint of Capstone Young Readers). I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This might be my new favorite alphabet book. At the very least, it’s now my favorite alphabet board book. It’s a great example of a well-conceived and well-designed book for toddlers. First it uses vivid language full of rhyme and alliteration to help children develop their verbal skills. It’s a joy to read aloud–and I love that it introduces some uncommon words for curious toddlers. Any caregiver or educator can probably attest to the abundance of simplistic language in books targeted to the 1-3 years old crowd. It’s refreshing to read something that shows toddlers the joys of playing with language.
And the vibrant illustrations of Jatkowska bring Ghinga’s text alive. Each member of the parade, whether human or animal, is brought to life in these joyful and colorful pictures. Whether it’s an image of a fiddling fox or a vocal vulture with a microphone, the illustrations are sure to delight children and adults alike. The attention to detail is delightful.
To finish things off, the book exhibits wonderful design principle. Font choices are thoughtful and complement the illustrations. The primary text is black, while highlighted letters and words are presented in various colors and all caps font to showcase their importance to young children. The text is easy to read and well-placed on the page.
This book wins 5 out of 5 stars. Concept books can be challenging–but this one delivered quality. I would definitely recommend it and will encourage my local library to add it to their collection.
You can find more information about this book, including other reviews, at Goodreads.