From Library Journal
PreSchool-K-A visually tactile phantasmagoria. Rendered in "felt with braid, buttons, beads and assorted bric-a-brac," the illustrations beg to be touched. Each page features a letter of the alphabet written in upper and lowercase, with a child being pursued by an animal. Both of their names begin with that letter, e.g., "Ss is for Sita-but who is chasing her?" as a blue-and-green snake slithers behind her. The youngsters suggest a wide variety of ethnicities as do many of their names such as Farooq, Gopinder, Hamadi, Pedro, and Takeshi. Some preschoolers may be frightened by all this chasing and few are likely to know animals such as jackal, umbrella bird, or xoona moth. Nevertheless, most will enjoy the guessing and devour the visuals, and the key on the last three pages will clear up any confusion. This companion book to Beaton's One Moose, Twenty Mice (Barefoot, 1999) is an obvious choice for read-alouds and a fine addition that may even inspire youngsters to create their own felt art.Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA
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From Kirkus Reviews
Beaton's ingenious felt creations transform the standard alphabet book format into an exotic blend of colors, creatures, and children's names. Every letter, shown in uppercase and lowercase, appears in a child's name and is also the beginning of the name of the creature chasing him or her: ``Cc is for Carlabut who is chasing her?'' A cat is shown, but left for children to name; the refrain is repeated for all 26 letters. Setting the volume apart, in addition to the boldly colored, multi-textured illustrations, is Beaton's selection of names and animals. Ben and Luke play alongside Farooq, Gopinder, Sita, and Takeshi; next to the usual cat and fox are a quail, a xoona moth, an umbrella bird, and others, all named in the back. The only discord comes in the facial expressions of the children, who are often glum, apprehensive, or dismayed. However, the combination of vivid hues, curious creatures, and repetitive text make for an exhilarating foray into the world of ABCs for preschoolers. (Picture book. 2-6) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.