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There's much for a child to discover in this ingenious board book. He or she will open it to find more than eight feet of fun: a story told in funny rhymes, two flaps to lift on each page (each featuring a letter of the alphabet), and a row of little shops populated by charming animals doing funny things. The flip side of the book is a second play scene that can be used as a backdrop for imaginative play.
The illustrations remind us of the wonderful “busy busy” Richard Scarry books. Endless details engage the attention of pre-readers and young readers alike; we’ve seen 2-year-olds and 6-year-olds respond to different aspects of each page (the 2-year-old recognizes the familiar elements of a kitchen, while a 6-year old sees the joke that the “cook" is a seal balancing dishes on its nose). The animal kingdom in this book is more varied, too, than the familiar creatures in most children’s books; young listeners/readers will expand their vocabularies to include aardvark, jaguar, newt, quail, sea lion, vulture, xxirgle, and yak.
"Eye-grabbing design gives this house-shaped board book some irresistible shelf appeal and it'd make an impressive gift...When the book is folded out, it can be flipped over for a bustling park scene... A clever concept, beautifully executed...a single package that is a book, a fold-out play-scene and a beautiful frieze." - BookTrust
“This house-shaped A-Z board book combines quirky rhymes and bright colours that pre-schoolers will love, and also folds out into a whole high street of shops which makes it a brilliant backdrop for play.”– Red Magazine
“Easy as ABC… In this adorable baby rhyming book, you meander along the street of shops, sounding out the alphabet as you go.”– Gurgle
“This is a brilliantly presented read that goes far beyond an alphabet book.”– Mamma Filz (blog)
“My son loved looking through this book, he loved the fact that it’s a shaped like a house and he could stretch the book out (quite far) as it’s in a great concertina style.”– Mojo Mums (blog)
“This book gets really clever and opens up into a huge concertina panoramic scene… It’s beautifully done and was a lovely surprise.”– YourMum (blog)