A Little Book of Alliterations

Felix Arthur, illus. by Jenny Capon. Inside Pocket (Lerner, dist.), $7.99 (66p) ISBN 978-0-9562-3155-0
In this greeting card–size book, a cast of expressive animals and humans act out silly alliterative phrases from A to Z, including a few digraphs like “ch” and “sh.” Two meerkats prepare a third for a proper fitting (“Morris made Meryl measure Malcolm’s massive midriff”), while elsewhere a curvaceous hairdresser attends to a woolly customer (“Shapely Sheila shaved Shaun’s shaggy sheep”), and a girl’s pet wildebeest dons leg warmers, yellow high heels, and a floral top during dress-up time: “Weird Willie would willingly wear whatever Wilma wished.” Capon’s illustrations are charmingly off-kilter, and while there are a few minor cheats (lots of “c” words in the “k” scene) it’s an amusing collection of tongue-twisters. Ages 5–up. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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