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An Alphabet of Stories

Oliver Jeffers



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Harper Collins
21 May 2018
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This is the paperback adaption of Once Upon an Alphabet, where each letter is a micro story, but the whole add up to make a larger tale. A delightful way of learning the alphabet, seeing the letters in use, and reinforcing them. Of course, Jeffers' typically whimsical illustrations with characters who pop up in other pages and contribute to the storytelling, enhance the wordplay and joyous energy of the text. The keen fan will notice that characters from other books by Jeffers make guest appearances as well! Lindy Jones


The alphabet is gloriously brought to life by international best-selling picture book creator, Oliver Jeffers. This beautiful paperback edition is based on Once Upon an Alphabet which won the CBI Book of the Year Award.

From an astronaut afraid of heights, to dynamic detectives the Owl and the Octopus, by way of some rusting robots, you will find within this book a short story inspired by every letter of the alphabet.

By turns funny, sad, mischievous and surprising, these entertaining mini-tales are accompanied by Jeffers' witty and inviting illustrations.
By:   Oliver Jeffers
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 220mm,  Spine: 7mm
Weight:   240g
ISBN:   9780007514298
ISBN 10:   0007514298
Pages:   56
Publication Date:   21 May 2018
Recommended Age:   From 2 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. `Lost and Found' animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.

Reviews for An Alphabet of Stories

`...combines classic storytelling with stunning artwork. Parents and kids will love to read this again and again' The Bookseller Praise for `Lost and Found' `Beautifully illustrated, simple warm story...little children will love to share it.' Carousel `My picture book of the year, a joyful exploration of the power of friendship.' Irish Independent Praise for `How to Catch a Star': `The best recent picture book by light years... stylishly spellbinding.' Telegraph `Hail to new talent... If only all picture books could be this good.' The Bookseller

  • Short-listed for Kate Greenaway Medal 2016

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