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Publisher: Brown Dog Publisher
Release Date: 2004
ISBN: 0-9721967-1-4
Format Reviewed: Hardcover
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Genre: Children’s nonfiction / Informative [preschool- Gr. 3] 
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Sarah Lomas
Reviewer Notes:  

I Love The Alphabet
By Dar Hosta
Illustrated by Dar Hosta

   This alphabet book is silly, fun, vibrant and just what children will love. Starting on the cover, the bold colored collages will draw children into the text. The silly animals and text will get children familiar with the alphabet while entertaining them. The illustrations feature such charming characters as a llama in a leotard, wiggly wombats and a yodeling yak. The illustrations are packed with information that children can enjoy at different stages of their abilities. A small ladybug is present on each page for the children to find and some of the characters in the pictures have a line or two of dialogue or a clever little joke to further draw readers in.

     The only inconsistency is in the author’s rhyming. Sometimes she has a line such as, “Jaguars in jammies share their jellybeans so nicely,” utilizing the featured letter as much as possible. Then she has such text as: “Kangaroos play peek-a-boo in a field of flowers,”which only features the letter once.

       On the whole, this alphabet book is a lot of fun and stands apart from other books that are meant to expose children to letters. This would make a fine edition to any home library as well as libraries and schools.