If words make up the stories and letters make up the words, then stories are made up of letters. In this menagerie we have stories made of words, made FOR all the letters.
Once Upon An Alphabet is a series of twenty-six short stories that introduces a host of new characters (plus the occasional familiar face) to the world of Oliver Jeffers. From Edmund the astronaut with his fear of heights, the dynamic new investigative duo of the Owl and the Octopus and a Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer to where he needs to be.
Jeffers & Sons worked closely with Oliver on both the pictures and words to create a book that is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter in the alphabet, creating an adventure to follow from A to Z.
“A” is an Astronaut called Edmund, whose fear of heights makes his high-flying profession rather difficult. “B” introduces us to a pair of feuding characters called Bernard and Bob, and the Bridge that crosses the chasm between them. Bob burns the bridge so he won’t be bothered by Bernard any more, but does it from the wrong end, marooning himself on the same side of the divide as his enemy.
The theme of unintended consequences – good and bad – ties in the stories of the characters. “L” is for Jack Stack the Lumberjack, who has been struck by Lightning so many times he’s full of electricity – which means he can power his own reading light in bed. “S” stands for “Sink or Swim”, the sad story of a “regular cucumber” who aspires to be a “sea cucumber” and suffers accordingly. “F” is for “Forever”, the tale of young Ferdinand who drops a stone into the world’s biggest hole and grows old as he waits to hear it hit the bottom.
‘…combines classic storytelling with stunning artwork. Parents and kids will love to read this again and again’ The Bookseller
WINNER OF THE CBI BOOK OF THE YEAR