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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
by Jan Bajtlik
Age Range: 6-8
Alphadoodler by Polish illustrator and graphic designer Bajtlik received a special mention for the Bologna Ragazzi Award (non-fiction) in 2015, and you can see why. With stylish typography and striking graphics this is an engaging activity book that brings the letters of the alphabet to life. Readers are encouraged to start doodling and taken on an alphabet journey from A to Z with plenty of activities to do along the way.
Thick, matte pages with dashes of neon pinks, greens and purples stand out amongst the mainly black-and-white artwork. Readers can design a neon sign, posters and advertisements; discover a new constellation by connecting the stars to make letters; draw a bicycle race; provide teeth for a ‘toothless crocodile’ by using the letters ‘M’ and ‘W’ or a collage experiment creating portraits of family members using cuttings from newspapers. Bajtlik’s innovative creation has some fabulous art ideas as well as a novel and fun way to learn the alphabet.