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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird is a work of educational writing and charming non-fiction for young people and was created and illustrated by artist Maggy-Pierre Pelissier with text from author Cecile Gabriele Gregoire. Filled with surreal and spectacular images of animals verging on extinction (much like the titular dodo figure), this is a work which middle-grade readers and upwards can treasure, and one which will be sure to stick in their minds. The work promotes animal education, the love of art and discovery, as well as teaching some beautiful new vocabulary words for keen readers and toying with rhyme and pace in its lyrical storytelling.
The illustrations and conceptual base from artist Maggy-Pierre Pelissier put me in mind of Gustav Klimt for their composition and striking design. I think it is a wonderful idea to introduce children to a sophisticated and elevated form of the picture book which proposes something more complex for them to visually enjoy. Text author Cecile Gabriele Gregoire has crafted something really special, which will entice even the most reluctant readers into learning new vocabulary words and exploring the wider world of animals whilst on this surreal and beautiful voyage. The combination of these two great minds delivers a truly immersive reading experience which becomes extrasensory, and also teaches some very important morals about endangered species and the fate of our planet. Overall, I would highly recommend The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird to schoolchildren everywhere, their teachers, parents, and guardians alike.