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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
When we think of an alphabet book, we usually think of a book that uses nouns to teach the alphabet letters. Like an animal alphabet book: Alligator, Bear, Cat, etc. Or fruits and vegetables: Apple, Banana, Carrot, etc. Or random objects: Ax, Bathtub, Crib, etc. But there are other words in the English language which not only use these letters but also begin with these letters. So, why not a sentence, or even a short flash fiction story which highlights each letter of the alphabet, alphabetically? Like “Aah! Blown Away… Crash! Deserted island Enemy? Friend? Getting closer! Help! It’s… Just my shadow!”
Brigitte Brulz’s picture book story, Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is an alphabet book with a difference. Using more than just nouns, words that suggest action and expression, the author has created a short flash fiction story about a little red bird and its adventures, or misadventures as the title suggests. Each page highlights a new letter of the alphabet, capitalized and the first word that appears on the page. The language is simple, each page holding no more than three words, but most pages only having one word. Colorful illustrations accompany each page and help develop the plot, sometimes in a humorous way. A young reader will learn a lot of new words, non-noun words, in this delightful little romp through the English alphabet. “Watch out! X Yes, wings! Zoom away!” Very cleverly done and beautifully illustrated. Lots of fun in this gem of an alphabet book.