When you want an alphabet book but not a traditional one you need Words of Wonder from Z to A by Zaila Avant-Garde and Keisha Morris. This book is terribly sophisticated and not easily read in one sitting or if you are not in a quiet, comfortable setting. If you are looking for a modern read that does not do A is for Apple, or O is for Olive the color and food, this book by Avant-garde works well. Of course, you must wait until June 2023 for it to come out, so plan accordingly.
Publisher description has this as part of its description: Each bright and busy page also includes an inspiring quotation from a famous thought leader. And an afterword to the book details the fascinating origins of each word. The author is the first Black American student to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee (2021). The words included are some of her favorites. Some are more commonly known; others are a little more unique (but still important).
I do not see an “in between” liking. You will like it or not. Or the variation would be you will love it, like it or not. Regardless, it will be one or the other. And I do not see this as a book for most young kids. Adults read first, and maybe it can grow with the child in your life, but it seems much more for older children. I do not know the format yet (assuming picture book) as I had a reader copy online, but teachers could adapt it to older classrooms as well.
PS: Avant-Garde landed on her winning word, murraya—a type of tree—by associating the word with famous comedian Bill Murray, who surprised her by phoning in during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.