An A to Z of themed alphabets, each teeming with disarranged items or figures to spot.
It’s a word lover’s dream, as each of the large one- or two-page cartoon scenes—alphabetically arranged, of course—offers a minimum of 26 small but discernible “Birds” (from albatross to zebra finch), “Creepy-Crawlies” (aphid to zebra caterpillar), “Dinosaurs,” and so on up to “eXterrestrial” objects, “Yellow things,” and “Zoo” residents. In some cases the items are labeled; for others, indices, often pictorial, are in the borders or, to pose tougher challenges, tucked away in the back. Sanders admits at the outset to occasional fudging, such as making up “Queenmobile” to fill out his array of “Vehicles,” but he also promises sharp-eyed viewers a pair of underpants and a few other sly extras to spot in every scene. Not all of the alphabets feature human figures, but in those that do he employs a range of skin tones from stark white to several shades of pink, olive, and brown. He also includes an interracial (probably heterosexual) couple in “N is for Neighborhood” and dishes up a mostly gender-neutral gallery of occupations under “P is for People.”
An extravaganza for alphabetarians. (Picture book. 5-8)