Alpha by Isabelle Arsenault

ALPHA by Isabelle Arsenault is a joy to read. A themed alphabet book that is also an art book, it is obvious that Arsenault, who dedicates this book to her Papa, is was a joy to create. Adults, and possibly children who have heard it used in movies and on television, will recognize the NATO phonetic alphabet, also known as the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet.

For me, already a fan of Arsenault's work, I appreciated the chance to have the whole IRSA in front of me in a book. And I loved every page turn that revealed Arsenault's creative, playful, thoughtful choices for images to illustrate the letter and accompanying word. And yes, some of these illustrations are adult. Young readers may not associate the black derby hat with Charlie Chaplin or the elegant ball gown with Oscar de la Renta, but for me those are conversation starters. ALPHA is a meditative read that will make readers think - and smile.

 Source: Review Copy