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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Addison’s Abrupt Adventures is a work of fiction for young children by author Laura James. How many words can you think of that start with the letter ‘A’? Can you write an entire story using mostly words that start with the letter ‘A’? Well, there is a little girl named Addison, an average girl who’s agile and sometimes awkward. Her mother’s name is Agnes, and she makes lots of Addison’s favorite foods, mostly those made with apples, but particularly apple pancakes with lots of apple butter and apple juice to drink. But there are no almonds for Addison, as she’s allergic. Addison has lots of adventures, including one where she has to rescue her annoying brother, Albert. And, best of all, Addison is an artist and loves to visit art galleries. Had enough of the letter ‘A’? Well, there’s lots more.
Laura James’s picture book for early readers, Addison’s Abrupt Adventures, addresses the advantages and agility of the letter ‘A’. There’s an unusual twist to this A-ranking story because many parts of Addison’s adventures feature lots of words beginning with the letter ‘A’. Using all kinds of ‘A’ words – verbs, nouns, adjectives, and adverbs – the author makes reading a fun adventure in itself, all while increasing a young reader’s vocabulary. She has created an entertaining story, full of fun, adventure, and a little touch of humor. This is a story to broaden reading vocabulary and the author achieves her goal with great aplomb, which is quite an admirable accomplishment. So many ‘A’ words to appreciate, enjoy, and use. It actually becomes quite addictive. Addison really has a knack for all that is a-okay. Lovely illustrations.