The New York Times bestselling alphabet/story book from the artist of The Day the Crayons Quit is w available in an abridged edition for the littlest learners! The perfect introduction to both the alphabet and to the world of Oliver Jeffers! This clever and funny board book from the #1 bestselling illustrator of The Day the Crayons Quit and creator of Stuck gives center stage to Oliver Jeffers' whimsical illustrations as it helps parents and toddlers connect through learning and art. A must-have. Praise for Once Upon an Alphabet An Amazon Best Book of 2014! A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year! A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year! * -The silly, spare, slightly surreal text occasionally rhymes and endlessly surprises. An utterly delightful alphabet book.--Kirkus Review, starred review * -With wry humor, equally droll ink illustrations, and a solid dose of alliteration, Jeffers creates delightful mini-narratives for each letter of the alphabet.--Publishers Weekly, starred review * -An altogether stimulating, surprising, and satisfying reading experience.--School Library Journal, starred review* -Whimsical, funny, occasionally tragic, and highly entertaining, this collection of (sometimes) interlocking tales is brilliantly inventive.--Horn Book, starred review -Jeffers kws how to catch the attention of his young audience while challenging their imagination, intellect and vocabulary. This whimsical exploration of letters and language begs to be read over and over again.--BookPage -Handsome, humorous and clad in bright tomato-red, [this] is the sort of book you may want to rush into the arms of imaginative, good-natured children between 4 and 10 years old. [T]his is traditional abecedarian exercise.The stories are wonderfully varied, sometimes philosophical and often end surprisingly; the drawings are just as quirky and unpredictable.--The Wall Street Journal -[W]itty from A to Z . . . one would blame you for having a copy even if there are kids in the house. Think of it as Edward Gorey for the preschool set -- and their hip parents.--The Washington Post
Oliver Jeffers (www.oliverjeffersworld.com) makes art and tells stories. In addition to illustrating The Day the Crayons Quit, his books include How to Catch a Star; Lost and Found, which was the recipient of the prestigious Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award in the U.K. and was later adapted into an award-winning animated film; The Way Back Home; The Incredible Book Eating Boy; The Great Paper Caper; The Heart and the Bottle, which was made into a highly acclaimed iPad application narrated by Helena Bonham Carter; Up and Down, the New York Times bestselling Stuck; The Hueys in the New Sweater, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year; and This Moose Belongs to Me, a New York Times bestseller. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, Oliver now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Follow Oliver @OliverJeffers.