Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

I liked this book.

I liked this book because it’s got good words. Words like, enigma, ingenious and Whiraffe.

I liked this book because it’s clever. Once you get around “U” some of the seemingly unrelated short stories, aren’t.

I liked this book because it’s humor is a little dark. It’s terrible that the girl who lived in half a house on a cliff over the sea woke up on the wrong side of bed and fell in, but I laughed anyway.

But mostly I liked this book because sometimes the adults should get to read aloud an alphabet book they enjoy, even if the kids* don’t think it’s as humorous as they do.

Would I recommend it? Yes. Unless you only like to read your children books that are full of rainbows, unicorns, sunshine, small words and happy endings – if that’s the case you should definitely read it because you are missing out on a whole world of fantastic children’s literature!

*Jane (3) and Clara (5) didn’t get the humor but Ivy (8) did!

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8 comments on “Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

  1. I like his other books. I’m gonna see if I can find this one to buy for Sebastian 🙂

  2. Peter S says:

    I liked the ‘J is for Jelly’ story with the door made out of jelly so it’ll be easy to just reach in through the jelly door to get your keys if you forget them.

    The humor is dark, but it’s not mean or creepy.

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