A is for Alice, an Alphabet Book with illustrations by John Tenniel


Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2017.

A is for Alice is a gorgeous alphabet board book published by Macmillan, the publishers of the first Alice in Wonderland books. John Tenniel’s original pen and ink illustrations accompany the text and this lends the book a lovely vintage feel. This is an alphabet of the characters and objects from the Alice stories. It includes, for example, the Queen of Hearts, the Dormouse, the Cheshire Cat and the Dodo. There’s also a teacup, a pocket watch and a bottle labelled ‘Drink Me’. The book is easy to read and accessible; the layout is clear and unfussy, and the backgrounds are simple.


I always look at alphabet books with my teacher’s hat on. Ideally, the words that have been chosen should begin with the letter sound not the letter name because children first learn the alphabet (and how to read) using phonics. I’m pleased to report that there are only two words, owl and unicorn, which fall foul of my requirements!

A is for Alice is a lovely way to develop early reading skills and a beautiful introduction to a children’s classic.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙

Suitable from birth.

Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Books for sending me this book to review and to Toppsta for organising the giveaway.

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