FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10.
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Operation Alphabet (The M... has been added to your Basket
+ £2.80 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Expedited shipping option on this book. Guaranteed very good quality. Used but still in excellent condition for the next owner.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 11 images

Operation Alphabet (The Ministry of Letters) Hardcover – 19 Sep 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

See all 3 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£9.95
£4.33 £0.01
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
£9.95 FREE UK Delivery on book orders dispatched by Amazon over £10. Only 1 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Special offers and product promotions


Frequently bought together

  • Operation Alphabet (The Ministry of Letters)
  • +
  • What Do People Do All Day?
Total price: £15.44
Buy the selected items together

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; Har/Pstr edition (19 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515846
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 0.2 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Review

Beautiful, muted colours and retro illustrations make this book a real pleasure for grown-ups too. --The Daily Telegraph

Charming ... the characters from the book can be utilised in a host of different ways to make children's learning meaningful and exciting. --Creative Review

About the Author

Al MacCuish is the co-founder of Sunshine Ltd, a creative entertainment production company based in London and Los Angeles. His previous books include Operation Alphabet.

Luciano Lozano is a freelance illustrator based in Barcelona.


What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I started to share this with a class of 5 and 6 year olds today, and their faces said it all. They were totally engrossed, and couldn't wait to hear more! They loved every minute of the story.

The Ministry of Letters is abosolutely TOP SECRET!!! It's the place where all words are made, and it's based in an old letter box somewhere near ... no, I can't give it away ... you'll have to buy the book to find out where it is! Its exact position is only known to the Queen, The Prime Minister, a few cats ... and readers of the book who are sworn to secrecy! hence the rather vague directions in this review! (We had to close the classroom door once we had read that bit ... just in case!)

Charlie has just started school. He knows a lot about all sorts of things ... but he has a test on the letters of the alphabet coming up ... and he has the dreaded ALPHABET-A-HEEBEGEEBIES! How can this problem be solved? How can the Ministry of Letters help? How does a motor bike chase involving a series of heroic characters help to solve the problem?

Although the presentation, and particularly the illustrations, may appear a little old fashioned, this is a fantastic book - and it kept the class of Year 1 children that I was covering for well and truly engrossed; to the extent that they wanted me to keep going even after the bell and can't wait to hear the rest tomorrow!!!

A fantastic book for 5 to 8 year olds, and well worth adding to a Christmas stocking!
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Quicksilver TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Sometimes it's hard to review a children's book. It may be something that, as an adult, you don't understand the appeal of, but children love regardless. This is pretty much how I feel about 'Operation Alphabet'.

This is a book designed to appeal to middle class parents (of which I am one). Retro in style, about something worthy, such as learning the alphabet, printed on good quality paper and lovely to hold in your hands. Yet beneath that there isn't a great deal to it. The story, whilst having obvious appeal, is slight, and feels forced. The book's educational value is limited; very little space is devoted to the actual alphabet, and the letter rhymes that are present are borderline laughable. The illustrations are very good, very similar in style to Miroslav Sasek's This is...) series of books. But the rather muted washed-out pencil colouring is likely to appeal more to parents than children, isn't it?

Well possibly not. My six year old loved it, proving that I know little about what makes a good children's book. His favourite aspect of the book, is the fact that all of the world's letters live inside a postbox. It has to be said this is a lovely idea; for everything ever written from War and Peace to shopping lists, and even this review, all the letters come from a single postbox, somewhere in London. It's genius. Where I saw poor plot, he saw only adventure, and he loved the anthropomorphised letters.

'Operation Alphabet' is a beautiful book; my concern is that it won't become a perennial favourite. Overall, I do recommend it, but with a caveat; don't order it blind. Make sure you take a look at it first, to decide whether it suits the child you are buying it for.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Operation Alphabet is a beautifully designed hardback book for children. It's about a little boy called Charlie Foxtrot who has started school and is trying to learn the alphabet but can't quite get the hang of it. He then finds himself on an exciting adventure with some secret agents who teach him the alphabet. It's a witty, old-fashioned story that harks back to simpler times - not a computer or mobile phone in sight. I love it, and so does my almost 2 -year-old boy. It's a nice contrast to the garish modern children's books that we have. Recommended.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Read this book to my son and I have seen a massive change in his attitude to his writing. The book isn't a phonics one but just makes letters seem that much more exciting and the story was fab. The illustrations are beautiful and we have already been on the website to download some of the fun stuff they have in their supplies section (periscope bookmark is my favourite - so the letters can see our! Too cute). I 100% recommend this.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
i recently got this book for my 3 year old daughter and she loves it, won't let me read her anything else at bedtime at the moment. as well as being educational, its a sweet story - beautifully written and illustrated. well worth adding to your collection, or buying in bulk for birthday & christmas presents!
1 Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
What a gorgeous book!! My 3 and 5 year olds absolutely love it. Thank you Amazon for recommending it to me... My children love the top secret element and they have even been playing ministry of letters with their lego men!! I love the retro illustrations and the quirky tone... DEFINITELY go and buy this book.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2011
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is an absolutely delightful book, with a decidedly retro feel. It is not really an alphabet book, but it is an adventure book which involves the letters of the alphabet (upper case are mostly shown). Hidden in a post box, in the shadow of Big Ben, is a top secret government department, known only to the Queen, the Prime Minister, spies, cats and the reader. Inside this post box is the myserious Ministry of Letters, making all the words in all the books and newspapers and comics and magazines - all the words that are read in all your life. When Charlie Foxtrot struggles to learn the letters of the alphabet for a test at school, Operation Alphabet swings into action. The letters post themselves to Charlie, a journey which involves a thrilling train ride, a hungry cat and a daring Duchess. Then the letters give Charlie a show, with songs and magic tricks. Some of them even ask Charlie to draw around them, but had to stop when it tickled. Having shown Charlie what the alphabet can do, he passes his test - of course - and the letters return to the Ministry, as there is always work to do.

This is a lovely book; at 60 pages it is good value, but longer than the average picture book. Of course, it depends upon your child, but I would suggest it is best for three years and over. My four year old adored it, but my seven year old also enjoyed reading it to himself. The illustrations are really vibrant and the whole book has a lovely, timeless, feel. The text is fun to read aloud and has lots of tongue in cheek jokes which will appeal to the adult reader. Would make a wonderful gift and a great addition to any bookshelf.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews