Okay. I am an alphabet girl. Numbers? Oh, they are nice, but I like letters. And I like the order they are in. Twenty-six letters all in their place. And if they are not there, well all heck will break out! Or will it?
In Alphabuddies: G is First we learn how important each letter is and, in the long run, how it does not matter the order, just as long as you use each and every important one. Of course, it takes us, and the letter A, a bit to get there. After all A is first, and even though G wants to be first, that is A’s job and they are not sharing or taking turn. But can we switch it around? With the help of Z, we find out how much fun it is to play around with letters and words. And even the number three makes an appearance that helps wrap things up nicely (so, I guess numbers are not so bad after all).
Beth Bacon and Karen Kane take words and made a funny story. Of course, the humor is not for everyone, but I think there is something for everyone. Kids can relate to being the first in line, or getting the first of something, and they can realize that just because they are last does not mean it is a less important position. And you can learn how much fun (and funny) words are, how much fun they are to read.
And you read the words of Bacon and Kane as they are accompanied by the simple and expressive illustrations of Eric Barclay. The cover tells you all you need to know about the characters (the letters A, G, and Z) and the colors they are in, as well as their personalities. A is the big sibling, G is the goofy middle sibling and Z is the enthusiastic younger sibling. There are minimal details, but what is there is important and gives you all the information.
Read via an online reader copy, and due early July 2023.