Tuesday 13 May 2014

A is for Awesome

A is for Awesome by Dallas Clayton (Walker Books)
HC RRP $19.95
ISBN 9780763657451
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

I love this superb rhyming alphabet. It’s so uplifting and offers so much I want to share it with the world. But on my children’s book shelf it goes because it is dedicated to ‘you’. That means me because I have the book. Therefore, all that’s in it is directed at me. ‘A is for Awesome and Amazing’ I can be that at times. ‘C is for Confident, cool and collected’ – I’m rarely all of them together. ‘J, Just remember you’re never alone’– my favourite.

I know it’s my book and I can be selective. But I love the fact that it is full of optimistic, positive, and motivating reinforcement. Just what I needed and it’s come at the right time.

Each page is a pastel coloured platform for a carnival of colourful illustrations, all starting with the letter displayed. Think of all the words of any length you can make with one letter as a thought- provoker. Think of all the words that start with that one letter.

This book encourages children to learn the alphabet so they can create words, have fun and play with letters any way they want. Just like writers do.

Thoughts, ideas, words and illustrations are by Dallas Clayton. I think I’ve said it all.

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