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ABZzz... A Bedtime Alphabet
by Isabel Minhos Martins
Age Range: Under_5
This bedtime alphabet book is guaranteed to get your sleepy child off to sleep. How many letters will they get through before they drop off? Each letter is accompanyed by a concept together with an amusing vignette allowing for plenty of discussion. A is for awake; B is for Brain: ‘sleep is a wonderful way to tidy up your brain…’; ‘C is for cat: Can you curl up and purr like a little cat? Isn’t it cosy?’ ‘D is for day: say goodbye to your day’. The book continues in this way throughout the alphabet until reaching Z – ‘ZZZZ: that sound means the book has been switched off’.
Test it out – will your child be dreaming by D, or snoring by S? It’s innovative, it’s fun and another clever title from Portuguese writer Isabel Minhós Martins. There is plenty of humour as well as the facts accompanying the alphabet together with some unexpected choices made for some of the letters. The striking, sharp minimalistic angular screen-print-like artwork by Yara Kono, a Brazilian illustrator living in Portugal, with their rich, predominant primary colours and flashes of bright pink and strong black, really do compliment the text.
‘ABZzzz’ is an ideal book for a slightly older child who is learning their letters and able to engage with some of the more complex concepts.