The urge to do something different with the alphabet strikes any number of authors and illustrators annually, although this year has not produced anywhere near the record amount of '64- '65. This one is a batty nonsense rhyme that centers around an animal fair with a whimsey that becomes wearisome by the time the twenty sixth letter and animal is reached. Like the title apteryx, the rest of the letters are a trip through the dictionary for the odder ones. The alphabet, as such, is not in any other way emphasized. The illustrations are in the flat, fully colored technique usually associated with the late '20's and early '30's for children's book illustration. Not up to the author or illustrator's usual level.