The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman

The Dangerous Alphabet
Neil Gaiman
HarperCollins (2008)
ISBN 9780060783334
Reviewed by Nicholas Lopez (age 6) and Leslie Granier for Reader Views (7/08)

Two children and their pet gazelle go on an adventure in hopes of finding a treasure.  (I would not have known this without reading the book jacket.)  Each letter of the alphabet has an important part in telling the story of the dangers the children encounter.  A lot of pictures of words that start with the featured letter are cleverly worked into the illustrations, although children may not be familiar with some of these objects.

Nicholas thought, “This is a scary book with lots of monsters and ugly birds.  I’m not gonna look for treasures if I see those birds.  The writer doesn’t know the right way the letters go in the alphabet.  He did W before V.  That’s silly!”

“The Dangerous Alphabet” by Neil Gaiman will appeal to boys around seven or eight-years-old.  They can use their imaginations to experience the journey along with the characters.  Some of the illustrations are a little menacing so younger kids may be afraid.

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