A to Z Animal Alphabet

Children - Preschool
58 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2020
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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite

A to Z Animal Alphabet by Rich DiSilvio teaches children about animals and the alphabet. The book runs through the English alphabet with names of animals along with their pictures. There’s also a brief rhyme for each letter and animal. In addition to being entertaining, the book is instructive. For example, kids will learn that kangaroos carry their young in pouches. There’s even a “test” at the end where kids are asked to name the letters of the alphabet and then remember the animal associated with them. One unique aspect of this book is that each animal poses, as much as possible, to look like the letter it represents. DiSilvio not only wrote the book, but he also illustrated it beautifully. Fittingly, DiSilvio breaks the fourth wall and addresses readers directly. This gives those who read the book to kids the opportunity to interact with them.

As the father of two now-grown children, I can say my kids would have loved Rich DiSilvio’s A to Z Animal Alphabet. They would have enjoyed not only being read to but then reading it themselves. Some of the rhymes are quite humorous. One good example is “H is for heron. One is called Erin, another Aaron, and one is even a rich baron!” There are also puns that children will love and learn from, such as “he’s not lyin’ about Brian the lion.” Pre-school kids will enjoy this book, and adults will enjoy reading it to them. Adults will even learn about some lesser-known animals. Author Rich DeSilvio must love children. I highly recommend his book.

Jamie Michele

A to Z Animal Alphabet by Rich DiSilvio is a children's picture book that uses rhyme and visual prompts to aid in the development of learning the ABC's. DiSilvio, who is both the author and illustrator, employs life-like photographic three-dimensional graphics with bold, primary colors. Each letter is depicted in three different ways across two full pages, first presenting the letter in both capital and lowercase form in the corner. Within an attached box DiSilvio has a short, child-friendly rhyme that includes the animal presented and uses intensifier bolding of the letter within the verse. Finally on the whole of the connected page is a large construct of the letter itself with the animal described incorporated in its layout that matches its preceding rhyme.

A to Z Animal Alphabet is a fun little book. I was particularly impressed with the three-dimensional graphic that Rich DiSilvio has created, and my daughter squealed and jokingly threw the comforter over her head when the mice and rattlesnake came up. It resulted in some genuine giggles and in my mind that's the barometer for a bedtime reading that does its job. The animal depiction that was a standout was the Heron for H which is absolutely gorgeous in its integration into the letter. From a literary standpoint, occasionally a word is used that feels like it was picked for lack of a better word with a similar sound. Still, overall and with the assistance of a parent and a child who loves to read and learn with the same enthusiasm as my little ones, I think this book will tick all of the boxes and conjure up some broad smiles.

Melinda Facal

A to Z Animal Alphabet by Rich Di Silvio shares the alphabet in an imaginative and entertaining way. Each letter of the alphabet features a vibrant and colorful animal along with a brief description of the animal. The rhyming text and lively tone of this book make it fun to read aloud and it is sure to delight preschoolers. Interesting facts and some very unique animals are shared throughout this informative and educational book. As young readers are introduced to the alphabet, they will also learn what a Xenopus is and where it comes from. There is a fun game for children to play at the end of the story, which will reinforce what they have learned. A to Z Animal Alphabet helps to make learning the alphabet exciting.

Rich Di Silvio’s A to Z Animal Alphabet provides a dynamic and fun way for preschoolers to learn and practice the alphabet while learning about various animals. The gorgeous illustrations and upbeat verses throughout this book will engage young readers. A to Z Animal Alphabet will make a great addition to any family or school library. Parents, teachers, and caregivers alike will enjoy reading this funny and delightful book, while children will look forward to listening to it. With this helpful book, practicing the alphabet will no longer be a chore, but will become a fun activity. The vivid drawings throughout will help children to recall the animal associated with each letter of the alphabet. A to Z Animal Alphabet is a highly recommended, fun, and educational read.

Christian Spagna

I love the colors used & how the letters are actual pictures of animals! Amazing job!

LitPick Book Review

A to Z Animal Alphabet is an exciting and lively way to incorporate learning and nature into reading. The author moves through the entire alphabet and assigns an animal to each letter in imaginative ways. Each animal has a special summary to describe it, and the author includes rhyming words to accompany each animal. The book ends with a quiz for readers to test their knowledge on each letter’s assigned animal. This picture book not only catches readers’ eyes with elaborate illustrations, but it also enhances their vocabulary and memory skills. It is perfect for young readers who love animals and clever rhymes!

Ed Sandors

Clever and innovative, "A to Z Animal Alphabet" assigns animals to the alphabet by not only twisting some of them into their respective letters, but even describes the animal in playful rhymes.

This is an outstanding little book by the author that is beautifully illustrated and will engage preschoolers and kindergarten kids for many years. It even has a quiz at the end to test their memorization skills. A home run!

Jamie S.

Fantastic picture book that adults will love to read to preschoolers! The rhymes are cute and clever while the illustrations are creative and joyful. And there's even a quiz at the end. A total winner!