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Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters
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Oliver Jeffers
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Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for all the Letters

Oliver Jeffers


Harper Collins

Children's & Educational;
Picture books


112 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This gloriously whimsical book starts with the sentences: If words make up stories, and letters make up words, then stories are made of letters. In this menagerie we have stories, made of words, made for all the letters. So, A is for an astronaut. Which introduces us to Edmund, who has trained for ages but has a small problem: he's frightened of heights! So the book goes, with characters recurring (and some of those are familiar from past Jeffers books) and associations made and dissolved in the great way of all stories. Wonderful for all ages! Lindy


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.

By:   Oliver Jeffers
Imprint:   Harper Collins
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 318mm,  Width: 232mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   950g
ISBN:   9780007514274
ISBN 10:   0007514271
Pages:   112
Publication Date:   September 2014
Recommended Age:   From 2 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Author Website:

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.

'...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
  • Shortlisted for Kate Greenaway Medal 2016.
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