The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird


Young Adult - Non-Fiction
62 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2020
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Author Biography

Maggy-Pierre Pelissier was born in Algeria, and moved to France when she was 10 years old. She studied business and art in Grenoble, France. Maggy-Pierre moved to California in 1986 and further developed her education as an illustrator at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, while teaching art for the Cupertino and Palo Alto school districts. She received a Clara Fitzgerald Memorial Award from De Anza College, and exhibited her paintings at many art shows. Maggy-Pierre currently lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Cecile Gabrielle Gregoire knew at an early age that she wanted to work in the communications field. Through a career in public relations, she discovered her passion for storytelling . A French native, Cecile moved to California in 1986 and attended ESL where she excelled and learned English in three months. Following in her mother’s footsteps, she is a self-taught artist and finds inspiration from her favorite Cubist painter Pablo Picasso. Cecile currently lives in San Francisco, California .

    Book Review

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.

Michael Gardner

It appears the traditional method for learning the alphabet has gone the way of the Dodo. In this case, I’m speaking literally. The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird by Cecile Gabrielle Gregoire takes the reader on an A to Z tour of the world, looking at the many fascinating species that inhabit our planet, many of which are endangered or under the threat of extinction. The Dodo is our ambassador, aptly chosen as an icon for endangered or extinct species. I really liked this aspect of the book. Not only is it well-positioned as a book for young children, or one for older children who can read by themselves, it carries an important message about environmentalism. There’s even a foreword (oddly placed at the back of the book) which tells the compelling story behind the book, and how its purpose is to create awareness of the dangers to our planet and “to promote imaginative thoughts and word power.”

The language is nicely weighted to suit a range of young readers, with short, but elegant and rhythmic stanzas that read like prose poetry. There has obviously been considerable thought given to every word choice, with the relevant words for each letter of the alphabet bolded for emphasis. It’s necessary to mention Maggy-Pierre Pellisier’s fabulous illustrations, which are beautiful works of art in their own right. Each has highly detailed illustrations of the animals, with intricate patterned borders and watercolor-like backgrounds. I appreciated them all, but want to mention the impala, ibis, and iguana illustrations because I spent several minutes appreciating the exquisite details. The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird is a quality publication all round and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to readers of all ages.

Trisha Dawn

Maggy-Pierre Pelissier and Cecile Gabriele Gregoire's The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird is an educational book about the alphabet and different animals, reptiles, and insects found in different parts of the world. The story begins when the last Dodo Bird sets off on a journey where he explores the Animal Kingdom and introduces a variety of animals in the representation of each letter from the alphabet. From the land of A where Armadillos are hiding to the land of Z where Zebu, the sacred cow from India, is enjoying the scenery, the last Dodo Bird makes sure to describe all of the animals, reptiles, and insects he encounters. Join the last Dodo Bird on his exciting trip as you fall in love with the stunning illustrations of his adventure and learn new things along the way!

The Amazing Alphabet Book of the Last Dodo Bird by Cecile Gabriele Gregoire is a praise-worthy book filled with facts and information about various animals including the ones that are almost extinct. It takes young readers on a unique but effective study of the alphabet, utilizing the animals’ distinctive appearances and special backgrounds to make each of them stand out. I was filled with awe as I admired Maggy-Pierre Pelissier’s colorful, vibrant illustrations. These definitely caught and kept my attention throughout the story. Aside from the breathtaking illustrations, the fact-filled story is perfect for adults to read with their children. It helped broaden my knowledge of animals and introduced me to some that I was previously unfamiliar with, like the Zebu and the Quetzal. Overall, a well-written, fascinating, and exceptional book. It offered me a whimsical experience that I thoroughly enjoyed and loved. Great work!

Stunning illustrations and a wonderful

Wow! The intricacies of Maggy's illustrations are mesmerizing. And what a wonderful book all together, teaching kids and adults. There should be more books like this raising awareness about disappearing species. So happy I purchased it. It's a gem and would be such a special gift as well.

Anahit K.

Wow! The intricacies of Maggy's illustrations are mesmerizing. And what a wonderful book all together, teaching kids and adults. There should be more books like this raising awareness about disappearing species. So happy I purchased it. It's a gem and would be such a special gift as well.