LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Follow the energetic and very friendly green peas in an alphabet journey through various activities.  Starting with A, the peas are acrobats, artists and astronauts.  Each letter has activities that are shown in the illustrations with charming detail that invite readers to spend time with the book.  The use of activities rather than objects as the words makes for a dynamic picture book filled with lots of action.  The text reflects that same active feel with a jaunty rhyme that gallops along.  Make sure to read aloud the comments of the peas along the way, because they are worked into the verse and maintain the meter of the rhymes.  This is a charmer of an alphabet book that is sure to be a hit with kids.

The illustrations in the book are done digitally.  They have a warm and natural feel to them that suits the subject of friendly, active peas very nicely.  The smiling green peas have limbs, wear costumes, and use props.  They use the letter themselves as the basis of their activities, climbing them, mining them, using them as a stage.  This makes sure that kids are really looking at the letters themselves.  There is a superb sense of humor on display throughout, sure to have adults and children smiling and laughing along. 

A very inventive alphabet book that should find a home in every public library collection, this book is appropriate for ages 2-4.

Reviewed from copy received from Beach Lane Books.

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