Top positive review
Popular but frustrating
Reviewed in the United States on July 20, 2019
(Context: My son will be 2 next month. He sings almost all of the alphabet song and can recognize more than half of the letters correctly the first time.)
I debated whether to give the puzzle three or four stars but I think in the long term the difficulties will work out, and my son keeps coming back to play with the puzzle, so that's a good thing.
The puzzle is wooden and nicely solid, and the paint colors are nice and bright. However, there are a few problems in practice.
1) Some of the blocks are yellow, and the print remains white, becoming very hard to see (as in pic.) No big deal, I'll go over them with a marker, but it's something the manufacturer could have considered.
2) There are three or four pieces which are very easily inserted wrong. (See picture.) They have roughly equivalent interlocks on each side and the letters are the same upside down as right side up (H, N, and O in particular.) These pieces constantly cause frustration. The manufacturers should have paid attention to these letters in particular to make sure they were not so difficult to use; the goal is to teach the alphabet, not solve an obscure puzzle.
UPDATE after two weeks of use: Son quickly learned how to place so the problematic pieces, took maybe three or four days before there were no more tears. The puzzle has remained his favorite toy and he's reassembling it as write this. Money VERY well spent.