I have talked about the appeal of Alphabet books in previous posts. I do enjoy both the predicable structure and the surprise of the inclusions and Alphabetical Sydney is no exception.
A is for Amusement park - it is Sydney so this is our iconic Luna Park
B is for Bats in Centennial Park
C is for Cicadas which is perfect because this year they have been so noisy
L is for Lawn bowls
S is for sunburn
V is for vinegar - you will need to read Alphabetical Sydney to see how this fits in!
My favourite is the page :
"Sweet Frangipanis - their summery scent,
Rubbery leaves and their branches all bent;
Falling on footpaths and filling the gutter,
White as vanilla and yellow as butter."
Our first copy of this book was a gift from a student. I immediately passed it on to a teacher and she loved it so much she has created a whole teaching unit featuring this special book. Every part of the book design is brilliant - the thicker paper, landscape shape, cloth binding, scrumptious language and the almost tactile illustrations. I am going to predict this book might even reach our CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) short list for 2014. I certainly hope so.
I would like to quote an other extract. How exciting to find such a unashamedly Australian book - it would make a fabulous gift to someone overseas.
"N is for nature strip, jewel of the 'burb,
Two feet of grass between footpath and kerb.
Garbage night : roll out your red wheelie bin -
But watch out for bindis, they're sharp as a pin!"
Do you need a translation? 'burb = suburb, bin = trash can, bindis = very sharp grass prickles