Jef Czekaj is becoming one of my go-to picture book and graphic novel authors. I love his sense of humour and storytelling style. My favourite things about this book were the subtle (or not-so-subtle) jokes and details, like P in the pool, X climbing up on to a literal soap box, houses shaped like letters. Some of the pages had a lot going on in terms of characters, words and speech bubbles, but it never completely crossed the line into too overcrowded. I think there are a number of places where this book would be a great fit: for a kid who feels like it’s not fair that they’re always stuck at the back of an alphabetical line, readers who’ve got the alphabet down and who like word play and puns, a discussion on rules and lawmaking, and a look at how not everyone is the same but everyone has strengths to bring to the table.
Read it with:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault
The Lemonade Crime by Jacqueline Davies
Hip & Hip, Don’t Stop by Jef Czekaj
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
Paulina P (for Peterson) by Lisa Cinar