Book review: Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius

Welcome to my latest piece. At the start of the year you may recall a lengthy piece I shared about fantastic ABC books,   well lovelies here is a fantastic one to add to the list. Alphabet Street is a book that makes me smile each time I see it. This book goes beyond a conventional alphabet book and is jolly and super fun, perfect for its recommended readers of 3 year olds and up.Alphabet Street

Alphabet Street is a busy street home to lots of interesting shops and characters that will keep young ones entertained and engaged. The introduction of the alphabet needn’t be boring and this joyful read represents the fun you can have with letters.

Each double page has different shop fronts with shop names incorporating the alphabet within in, Alfies Bakery, Coffee and Doughnuts…super clever. Then on each page there are large flaps with letters and text written underneath. Alongside the letters written in both upper and lower case, a sentence follows showing the focus letter in action highlighted in bold text.


The pages are illustrated wonderfully and yes we love Ingela’s work. Her art work is colourful and fun but most of all it is so appealing to young and older and such a treat throughout this book.

There is so much text to explore that is brilliantly hidden under the flaps. throughout the book. I also think the examples of words representing each letter are varied and in turn are introducing readers to new vocabulary.


A is for Aardvark, asleep in her bed. B is for Bear, who is baking some bread. C is for Cat, who is cooking some fish. D is for Dog, who is drying a dish.

Jonathan Emmett has written this book brilliantly, introducing readers not only to the alphabet but also to rhythmic text and lots of alliteration and there is more! The book is also a giant fold out concertina frieze that doubles up as a wonderful piece of artwork for a room as well as using it for play.
Although I am very tempted to have this book on constant display in our study/guest room/home to many of our books I will refrain and allow my little poppets to enjoy and relish in the learning also.
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Disclaimer: We received this book from the publishers however, all opinions are entirely my own. This post contains affiliate links.




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