Alphabetter cover1 Illustrated by Graham Ross

Did you ever try to use an egg in place of a football? Or dress up a live quail in doll’s clothes when you didn’t have a doll? Or strap rag dolls onto your feet instead of slippers

In Alphabetter, twenty-six boys and girls find themselves in twenty-six different predicaments when the alphabet refuses to cooperate with them.

In the end, the solution turns out to be right on the next pages. If only they can find it …

Shortlisted for:
  • Canadian Library Association Illustrator Award 2007

 Selected by:

  • BC provincial government. 50,000 copies were made available to preschool children as part of their Ready Set Learn literacy program.
  • CBC Radio – Sounds Like Canada – Top Picture Book Pick 2007
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” 2007
  • Vancouver Public Library “Perfect Present List” 2006

 example from Alphabetter 1

“It is cleverness writ and painted large, and it’s delivered with an infectious exuberance and cadence that manifests itself not just in the playful text, but also in illustrator Ross’s quirky, kinetic characters.”

The Globe and Mail, September 9, 2006

“An original alphabet book that is filled with fun preschool humour. Ross’s illustrations capture the whimsical fun nature of the book and will have youngsters laughing out loud.”

BC Parent Magazine, March 1, 2007

“Indeed one of the better alphabet books. Highly recommended.”

CM Magazine, September 15, 2006

example from Alphabetter 2