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The Strange Tales of the Alphabet Children

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The Strange Tales of the Alphabet Children is an illustrated collection of 26 modern-day cautionary tales, inspired by Hilaire Belloc and Edward Gorey. These darkly humorous tales relate the tragic fate of children who all foolishly ignore their parents’ sage advice, often with terrible consequences.

The book takes the alphabetic structure of Gorey’s ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’, a
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published December 2020 by Rumbers Media
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Amy Alice
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A beautiful, creepy and clever book. A work of art (well done Deborah) and such deftly woven rhymes. Something to pass down for generations.
David Romanis
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I eagerly anticipated this book’s arrival and wasn’t disappointed. It’s a collection of cleverly-written rhyming story-poems based on the Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey, beautifully presented in this hardback book with superb illustrations. The author’s use of the English language has you sometimes reaching for a dictionary (or thumbing through the handy glossary at the back) but regardless leaves you highly amused and feeling better educated as a result. While the stories invariably have a ...more
Shalini Ayre
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A collection of lyrical stories about children that through their hobbies, interests or fears, often tend to meet a rather unfortunate end.

Each child's first name, as the title of the book suggests, begins with a letter from the alphabet accompanied with unusual surnames. You'll meet a Leo Prickleton-Patch, a Clara Poppleton-Brown and a Yorick Sticklewick but to name a few. Each child/young adult have their passions or anxieties - rats, volcanoes and even Harry Potter - that will ultimately lea
Lisa Clare
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am Caris and I am 9 years old. This was a great and really fascinating book but i think it is for kids over the age of 6 as it quite dark but in a very funny way. There are many words in the book that most kids will not understand but thanks to the author, there is a helpful dictionary at the back of the book. It is a great bedtime book as the poems are exciting and give you ideas for dreams. My favourite stories are Basil Bennett which is all about a boy who really believes in fairy tales and ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! Bought two, one for my son and one to give as a gift. Beautifully written. This is one of those books that will be treasured by families and handed down to the next generation. Lovely to read together with younger children and perfect for young teens - morality, exciting vocabulary and modern living all included in the pages! The author gives an honest description of the book and if you are considering a purchase, do not hesitate, you will not be disappointed!
Hayley Lancaster
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is simply amazing! Such witty and smart rhymes, the verses flow off the tongue with such ease. A handy glossary for those unusual words which broaden the vocabulary for reader and child. I truly believe that these will be cautionary tales that the children will remember for years to come. If you love a book that flows with clever badinage and you and your child have a sense of dark humor this is the book for you. It's a firm bedtime favourite in our house, which may say a lot about our ...more
Deborah Panesar
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very biased because I illustrated it but Matthew is truly so talented!
S Walsh
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Magical read with my sons 10 and 12 - who love the sometime gruesome endings! Each tale rollicks along with a satisfying metre and makes for entertaining words to chew your chops around. The vocab is scattered with a refreshingly advanced and colourful lexicon - and there is a helpful glossary as well. A great read, and I'm sure we'll re-read many times. ...more
Birgit Scott
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully presented, written and illustrated. A true delight to own and read.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Having seen the previews and build up to this online, we discovered it had been published and brought a copy.
We were not disappointed!
Each story has a unique message and is wonderfully written. The descriptions within really help bring the stories to life.
The book itself is wonderful to hold with great illustrations supporting the stories themselves.
Although a bit young currently for our 2 month old, she loves them being read to her, this due to excellent way each one has natural rhythms and
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This quickly became a firm favourite evening read the whole family enjoyed, both young and old. It made us guess what on earth would happen to the next poor alphabetical child! It's funny, quirky, unexpected twists and beautifully illustrated from the front cover to the back page (self-endorsed!) reviews. ...more
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