Letters from Australia

Making pictures with the A-B-C by Maree Coote reviewed by Kerry Neary One of the most innovative illustrators on the Australian scene in recent times is Maree Coote. All of her pictures are made from the letters in the name of the objects she is illustrating. Technically, this is called typographic illustration; many people will … Continue reading Letters from Australia

The ABC Book of Musical Instruments; 123 Tea Party

The ABC book of musical instruments 123 tea party Illustrated by Ailie Busby In association with the Hampshire Cultural Trust and Jane Austen’s House Museum reviewed by Kerry Neary The charming illustrations in these companion board books have been inspired by the leisure interests of Jane Austen. A young Victorian lady’s interest in music is … Continue reading The ABC Book of Musical Instruments; 123 Tea Party

Allergic Alpaca

written by Kiah Thomas illustrated by Connah Brecon reviewed by Kerry Neary For a reviewer it’s always a thrill to receive an alphabet book that is more than the usual letters, matching words and pictures and Allergic Alpaca, is such a book. Alpaca enjoys being at the front of the alphabet along with other A … Continue reading Allergic Alpaca

Arsenal Board Books Series

The Arsenal ABC and The Arsenal 123 Official Arsenal Product reviewed by Kerry Neary Blatantly commercial, this series has only two titles to date – ABC and 123 – but if this marketing strategy succeeds there could be more to follow. The upside is that books like this will bring fathers and their children together … Continue reading Arsenal Board Books Series

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Counting Book Learn with Ruby Red Shoes: Alphabet Book written and illustrated by Kate Knapp Reviewed by Mia Macrossan Ruby Red Shoes is the creation of Australian author and illustrator, Kate Knapp  who here has expanded her successful series with two more titles featuring the 'aware hare'.  Ruby  can do … Continue reading Learn with Ruby Red Shoes

Once Upon an ABC

Written by Sophie Masson Illustrated by Chris Nielsen Reviewed by Danielle Freeland Sophie Masson is a prolific writer who has written many books for children, many of which have been shortlisted or received awards. Illustrator, Christopher Nielsen, is a relative newcomer by comparison, and has here created an interesting and colourful visual narrative. Once Upon … Continue reading Once Upon an ABC