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A to Z Menagerie

Written & illustrated by Suzy Ultman
Published by Chronicle Books
6.08 / 7.0
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Goodreads Rating - 5.0 / 5.0
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What Does Bookroo Think of A to Z Menagerie

“In both style and substance, this alphabet book earns nothing but A+’s.”

In its own words, a “quirky curated collection of lively letters” and a “gleeful gallery,” this alphabet board book with a larger-than-average footprint is in a league of its own and delivers from its very first moments. As the reader journeys from A to Z, each page features a plethora of items for the highlighted letter ranging from the familiar (i.e. apple, bear, elephant) to some delightfully non-mainstream choices (i.e. ascot, echina, quesadilla, unibrow), as well as a pull-tab that fills the central (initially white) letter cut out with a burst of color that transforms its shape into a final item. From foodies to francophiles, gamers to gardeners, and hipsters to historians, there is something here to charm readers with any and every interest. Variety abounds on each page, but so too does volume, with even traditionally difficult letters such as Q, X, Y and Z enjoying the full complement. The illustrations are as whimsical and original as the word choices, each object infused with personality and pizazz as rosy cheeks adorn cotton candy and a horse boasts high tops.

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Publisher Summary

Step right up to Suzy Ultman’s alphabet menagerie! This unique multisensory reading experience features a die-cut letter to trace and a satisfying pull-tab reveal for each letter of the alphabet. In addition, Suzy Ultman fills each page with a diverse and colorful collection of illustrated first words to find and identify. An alphabet book unlike any other, this feast for the eyes and the imagination teaches young readers hand-eye coordination, prediction skills, and rich vocabulary. Learning from A to Z has never been this charming!

What Kind of Book is A to Z Menagerie

alphabet (ABCs)

Where Does A to Z Menagerie Stand Out


The “Inventive” badge is awarded to books that offer exceptionally original illustrations.

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • There are so many unique additions to the standard set of alphabet examples in this book. What new words did you learn? Do you have any favorites?

  • Ultman uses the shape of the letter to create an object on each page. Can you tell what they are without being told? Try guessing/identifying them on your next read through without peeking at the words!

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
6.0 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
6.25 / 7.0
B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
6.0 / 7.0

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Book Topics › alphabet (ABCs)
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Book Topics › interactive
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Book Topics › pull-the-tab
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Book Topics › Top 10+ Books To Read in 2020
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Who Wrote A to Z Menagerie

author & illustrator
Suzy Ultman

Suzy Ultman is an artist, doodler, designer, and crafter. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her family.

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October 8, 2019
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