Thursday, March 2, 2023

*Review* ABC Love by Christane Engel


Genre: Children's 3-6 years
Published: January 1, 2017
Pages: 36

An endearing twist on learning your ABCs!

ABC Love pairs each letter of the alphabet with a word that teaches young children about important concepts like love, acceptance, affection, values, and warmth. A fun family read with playful, rhyming text, ABC Love makes learning the alphabet interactive and fun for preschool children and older. Its engaging illustrations and text promote togetherness between kids and their family and encourages them to act out each "love list" item, including everything from "dance" for "D", "hug" for the letter "H", and to "share" for "S".

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

There was really no unifying theme to this, and some of the things listed as love felt like a bit of a stretch to me, but that should've indicated for me that this was a board book (as I'd forgotten that point before I started reading it). It was a different way to go through the alphabet and introduce some new words than I've encountered before though (which should have also given me some clue that this was a board book). 

The illustrations were bright and colorful and definitely  eye catching, which is important in board books. I liked the way the letters seemed pieced together. I don't think I'd want to read this book often as it had no flow or anything, but the brevity wouldn't make it too awful to read a few times. Overall I give it 3.21 out of 5 stars. - Katie

Christiane Engel is an award-winning illustrator and author. Her work can be found in a huge variety of kids' books all over the world, including a kids' bible and a children's atlas as well as Walter Foster Jr.'s ABC Love and ABC Yoga. Her instantly recognizable children's characters appeared in an award-winning ad campaign in the UK and she works with the Surrey County Council to create advertising and educational material for families. She has also created illustrations for animated programs for clients including the BBC. Christiane lives by the sea in southeast England with her little family. Learn more at

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