ABC: Letters from the Library

By Carol-Ann Hoyte

A review of ABC: Letters from the Library by Bonnie Farmer

Published on April 1, 2005

ABC: Letters from the Library
Bonnie Farmer

Lobster Press
$21.95
1-89422287-3

ABC Letters in the Library is Bonnie Farmer’s alphabetical tribute to the heart of Reading Central. Adults, especially those who are library professionals, may chuckle when they read the text used to illustrate the letter H: “The librarian’s soft shh soon hushes all talk.” Illustrator Chum McLeod’s sense of humour comes through as well. Her artwork which accompanies the text, “Humming computers collect countless call numbers” depicts two monitors humming into microphones.

This cheery and attractive ode to the library can be used to enrich the vocabulary of the under-seven set, introduce them to alliteration, and teach them library lingo. mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.

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