Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Alphabet's Alphabet by Chris Harris & Dan Santat
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

 
Halito friends! Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for The Alphabet's Alphabet hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. The kids and I had a lot of fun with this one, so be sure to check out the giveaway below! Thanks for stopping by! For the full tour schedule, please visit the Rockstar Book Tours website.

About The Book:
Title:
THE ALPHABET'S ALPHABET
Author: Chris Harris & Dan Santat (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: September 29, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 48
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

For fans of P is for Pterodactyl comes this groundbreaking spin on the ABC's from an acclaimed, bestselling author and artist pairing!

Here's a totally twisted take on the alphabet that invites readers to look at it in a whole new way: An A is an H that just won't stand up right, a B is a D with its belt on too tight, and a Z is an L in a tug-of-war fight! Twenty-six letters, unique from each other -- and yet, every letter looks just like one another! Kind of like...one big family.

From two bestselling masters of wordplay and visual hijinks comes a mind-bending riddle of delightful doppelgängers and surprising disguises that reveal we're more alike than we may think. You'll never look at the alphabet the same way again! 


I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product. 

The Alphabet's Alphabet was an enjoyable read, although the letter comparisons did take some getting used to! I'm not sure if it was the wording or the illustrations themselves, but I had to repeatedly tell myself that it was actually this letter that only looked like that letter. Was that confusing? Let me show you an example and try to better explain myself!


The book starts at the beginning of the Alphabet... sort of. An A is actually an H; a B is really a D. It makes sense, but for some reason my brain kept trying to twist them around! I think that's what the author and illustrator were trying to do? Make people see something that wasn't really there, like an optical illusion? If that was what they were trying to do, it was really well done! I also think the kids enjoyed the mental gymnastics. I was verbally telling them one thing, while their eyes showed them something else. We had to stop and talk about each page before moving on, which did make this a slower read, but we didn't mind! I love when books really grab their attention and hold it - - challenging their brains is a bonus! 

If you like books with a unique concept, definitely check out The Alphabet's Alphabet. I'm 31-years old and still struggled to immediately make sense of each page! I'm sure this is a book we will re-read many times, so maybe the repetition will make the letters easier to identify in the future. ;)


About Chris: WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Goodreads

Chris Harris is the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups, illustrated by Lane Smith. He has been an executive producer for comedies including How I Met Your Mother, and a writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. His pieces have appeared in the New Yorker, Esquire, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and on NPR. He lives in Los Angeles. 



Dan Santat is the Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, Are We There Yet?, After the Fall, and Drawn Together, as well as the illustrator of many other picture books, including Crankenstein by Samantha Berger. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and various pets. His website is dantat.com.


Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a Finished Copy of THE ALPHABET'S ALPHABET, Website Only.


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1 comment:

  1. Ooh! I would love to share this book with my students! Out of the box thinking!

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