Kipper's A to Z
by Mick Inkpen is a fantastic alphabet book which is beautifully illustrated and will not fail to engage young readers.
The reader is introduced to Kipper and his friend Arnold who find an ant which they put into a box. They then go in search of other things to go into the box and work their way through the alphabet. This is much more than just an alphabet book.
Children will enjoy Kipper and Arnold's search. Each page has the continuation of the story and a capital and small letter and words that begin with that letter. The layout of the pages is imaginative and varied and children will delight in reading this book and finding the words that begin with each letter. The attention to detail is brilliant as the word buzzzzzzz stretches across the page after the bee and the ant makes a reappearance later on in the alphabet. The Zebra makes several appearances, desperate to be included, but he is told it is not his turn yet!
Kipper's A to Z would be invaluable to anyone who is helping their child to learn the alphabet and letter sounds and the text means that it will still be read long after children have mastered the alphabet. This book would be suitable for 4-7 year olds and it deserves a place on every bookshelf and is sure to become a battered well-loved book. --Amanda York
Mick Inkpen is in superlative form in Kipper's A-Z. Kipper's trawl through the alphabet is all his own, with understated humour and sureness of touch wrapping up a storyline. A surefire bestseller. (The Children's Bookseller, Sept 2000
Kipper's A-Z, an alphabet book with a great Kipper story included, is destined to be a firm favourite among everyone this Christmas. (The Children's Bookseller, Sept 2000
An alphabet adventure starring Kipper, his little friend Arnold and a delightful new character, Zebra.
Creepy crawly critters and recurring jokes feature in this sprightly ABC tale. Adorable, breezy, clever, this is the alphabet book of choice. (Publishers Weekly, Feb 7, 2001
Inkpen eschews a formulaic abecedarian approach and introduces the letters in inventive ways, giving his volume a rocking spontaneity and a comic plot that plays up the order of each letter. (Publishers Weekly
Just about the cutest puppy in a favourite series achieves a stellar new success (Kirkus Reviews, Feb 1, 2001