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Once Upon an Alphabet

Once Upon an Alphabet 3

by Oliver Jeffers

Hardback Publication Date: 22/09/2014

4/5 Rating 3 Reviews
RRP  $29.99 $24.25

We just love this book from the acclaimed Oliver Jeffers filled with gorgeous illustrations and a heartwarming story for every letter of the alphabet. That makes twenty-six short stories that are guaranteed to delight and entertain little bookworms. You can’t go past this one!

A flagship publication, gloriously bringing the alphabet to life in irresistible Oliver Jeffers style! The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words that in turn make stories, but what if there was a story FOR each of the letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out...Here you will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet. An adventure to follow from A to Z, or a treasure trove to dip in and out of, Once Upon an Alphabet is a work of exhilarating originality from artist Oliver Jeffers, the creator of much-loved modern classics such as Lost and Found and The Incredible Book Eating Boy.

Picture books
Publication Date:
HarperCollins Publishers
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers is an artist whose work ranges from figurative painting and installation to illustration. His picture books include Lost and Found, How to Catch a Star, This Moose Belongs to Me and The Day the Crayons Quit, all of which have been translated into over 30 languages worldwide.

Oliver's talent has been recognized by several high-profile awards, including the Irish Book of the Year and the Blue Peter Book of the Year; as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, the Roald Dahl Prize and the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Born in Australia, Oliver was brought up in Northern Ireland and now lives and works in New York.

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  • A, B, C, D...

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    My favourite artist, Oliver Jeffers is back with a fun, beautifully illustrated and quirky approach to the alphabet.
    He takes each letter and creates a short story. 'A' is about an astronaut, 'C' is about a cup.
    This selection of stories is perfect for picking up with your child for a few stories and with some quirky tales it is sure to amuse the big kid fans of Jeffers work.

  • Fabulous fun!

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    Oliver Jeffers creates wonderful picture books, full of whimsy, quirky humour, and fabulous illustrations.

    Once Upon An Alphabet is my new favourite Jeffers. With each letter being accompanied by a short story or rhyme, and all of them so wonderful, it is hard to choose which letter is my favourite. But I know I'd love to have some of them hanging on my wall.

    Little kids, bigger kids, and kids at heart will all love this magical book. It would be a very special present for any, and I think fans of Shaun Tan would also love this one.

  • The alphabet as you never knew it before

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    Oliver Jeffers has created some wonderful, quirky and whimsical picture books in the past, but I think Once Upon an Alphabet has to be my favourite ever.

    Each letter gets a very brief story, or rhyme, or an enigma in the case of E (how many elephants fit inside an envelope? Turn to N for the answer!) that children of all ages (including the big ones, and those who are still a child at heart) will love.

    I'm sure everyone in the family will have a different favourite letter. For me, I really like (apart from the E and N mentioned above) the letter K. You'll just have to read it to find out what happens to the King of France.