Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Board book: A Little Book About ABC's

A Little Book About ABC's. Leo Lionni and Julie Hamilton. 2019. Random House. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: A is for alligator. B is for beautiful butterflies. C is for chunks of cheese.

Premise/plot: This board book is inspired by the works/characters of Leo Lionni. It is a concept book--an alphabet book.

My thoughts: What you see is exactly what you get. This alphabet book stars some familiar characters from Leo Lionni's books. There is another book in this "Leo Lionni's Friends" series, A Little Book About Spring. My guess is that there will be more books coming soon.

I wish it was a little bit more transparent who did what when. The two people credited with the work are Leo Lionni and Julie Hamilton. Yet it doesn't say who wrote the text or who did the illustrations. The characters are all Leo Lionni. But is Julie Hamilton just illustrating in the style of Leo Lionni? Did she write the text to accompany the illustrations? If she didn't write the text, who did? (Leo Lionni has been dead since 1999.) 

© 2019 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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