Sunday 25 December 2022

Alphabetical Sydney

Alphabetical Sydney by Antonia Pesenti and Hilary Bell (New South) HB RRP $24.99 ISBN 9781742237565

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

This is the 10th anniversary edition of this picture book which author Delia Falconer said was an ‘instant classic (that) should be on the bookshelf of every Sydney child.’ Its reach, however, ought to be wider, to include any Australian child from 8+ years. It’s written as an alphabet book with a focus on Sydney, beginning with ‘amusement’ (Luna Park in Lavender Bay) with masterful rhyming quatrains. The book includes animals and insects such as bats, ibis, kookaburras, and cicadas, as well as fauna – Moreton Bay figs, nature strips, jasmine, and jacaranda. Other subjects are Parramatta, Circular Quay, garage sales, xpress bus, even yum cha!

Every double page spread contains a verse on one side and illustration on the other. The illustrations are quirky and vibrant, being a combination of hand-drawn, painted pictures, and photographs. On the page devoted to the letter ‘x’, there’s a photograph of actor Walter Matthau driving a city to Circular Quay bus. On the Easter Show page, there’s a ride with photographs of people on swings, as well as a grand champion chook, and a reserve champion.

Being published in time for Christmas 2022, this unique picture book will delight and inform both adults and children. 

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