Alphabet Street - Story Snug

Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett and Ingela P Arrhenius

We love the way that Alphabet Street introduces children to the alphabet using colourful characters and rhymes.The sturdy lift the flap book folds out into a fabulous play scene, it really makes learning the alphabet a fun and interactive experience.

Starting with Alfie’s Bakery we travel all the way along Alphabet Street until we get to Yackety Zack’s Beauty Salon. Each page introduces two letters on a two storey building which has two flaps to lift. We had fun lifting the flaps to see which characters were inside and what they were doing.

The rhymes are short, simple and easy to read and each featured letter is shown in bold, both in upper and lower case.

Ingela’s illustrations are colourful and busy. Children are introduced to a range of animals which include elephants, giraffes and bears but also more unusual animals such as quails, yaks and an aardvark. The animals are engaged in a variety of activities including baking, painting, sleeping and gardening. Some are yawning, laughing and jumping and several are doing chores!

Alphabet Street is great for developing speaking and listening skills. Once you’ve read the story you can fold the frieze out, talk about what is happening in the street then turn over and spot the characters on the play scene at the back.

Alphabet Street frieze - Story Snug

There is so much potential for learning in this book and not only for younger children who are learning the alphabet and developing their vocabulary. Alphabet Street would also be a great book to use to help older children identify nouns and adverbs, maybe they could write their own alphabet rhymes for a class book.

Alphabet Street adds a playful element to reading and learning the alphabet and we love the originality of the format. My daughter’s reaction to the book – “This book is cool!”

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Jonathan Emmett / Illustrator: Ingela P Arrhenius

Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending Alphabet Street. Interactive books like this make learning fun 🙂


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10 responses to “Alphabet Street by Jonathan Emmett and Ingela P Arrhenius”


  1. BookBairn avatar

    We love this book! So clever!! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! It’s a lovely way to learn the alphabet 🙂


  2. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    That photo of it standing unfolded looks fab. It sounds a delightful book #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great, a whole street scene in one book 🙂


  3. Acorn Books avatar

    Ah we have this one, I love the design. Have put it away for my youngest for Christmas.
    #Readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it. I’m sure your youngest will love it 🙂


  4. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    That does look lovely and educational too, but I could definitely see my nephew destroying it!


    1. Catherine avatar

      You probably need to read this with younger children but the pages are made of sturdy card.


  5. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    I love how the book folds out, makes it all the more entertaining! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is gorgeous the way that the book folds out to make a play scene, it’s a really fun reading experience 🙂

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