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Reviewed by Joe Wisinski for Readers' Favorite
A to Z Animal Alphabet by Rich DiSilvio teaches children about animals and the alphabet. The book runs through the English alphabet with names of animals along with their pictures. There’s also a brief rhyme for each letter and animal. In addition to being entertaining, the book is instructive. For example, kids will learn that kangaroos carry their young in pouches. There’s even a “test” at the end where kids are asked to name the letters of the alphabet and then remember the animal associated with them. One unique aspect of this book is that each animal poses, as much as possible, to look like the letter it represents. DiSilvio not only wrote the book, but he also illustrated it beautifully. Fittingly, DiSilvio breaks the fourth wall and addresses readers directly. This gives those who read the book to kids the opportunity to interact with them.
As the father of two now-grown children, I can say my kids would have loved Rich DiSilvio’s A to Z Animal Alphabet. They would have enjoyed not only being read to but then reading it themselves. Some of the rhymes are quite humorous. One good example is “H is for heron. One is called Erin, another Aaron, and one is even a rich baron!” There are also puns that children will love and learn from, such as “he’s not lyin’ about Brian the lion.” Pre-school kids will enjoy this book, and adults will enjoy reading it to them. Adults will even learn about some lesser-known animals. Author Rich DeSilvio must love children. I highly recommend his book.