Eric Carle’s ABC (The World of Eric Carle)
Grosset & Dunlap (2007)
Reviewed by Conner Aguren (age 3) and Mom for Reader Views (2/08)
Eric Carle’s signature woodcut illustrations are laid out in a novel, lift-the-flap, walk through the alphabet.
“So do you like the book?”
“Which was your favorite letter?”
“I like all the letters. I like the pictures. I like the whole book.”
There is only so much you can do with an ABC primer. Yet “Eric Carle’s ABC” takes it just a step further by formatting it in an interesting flap book. The illustrations are top-notch. He introduces some not-so-common animals to represent some of the letters, though I would have chosen a different animal for the letter ‘G.’ He uses the animal ‘gull’ which to me, should be seagull. A better choice that doesn’t have other name variations would have been ‘goose’ or ‘giraffe.’ But my son got to see a ‘quetzel,’ a ‘narwhal’ and a ‘xolo,’ so that was fun.