Kipper’s A to Z

We’re all big Kipper fans in this house, and fils cadet has recently borrowed Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books, 2000) from the library.

Kipper's A to Z, Mick Inkpen

It features Kipper and his little friend Arnold, and an over-enthusiastic zebra who keeps wanting to know if it’s his turn yet. Told with Mick Inkpen’s usual charm, there are beautiful illustrations, a few typographical tricks, a lot of interaction

Kipper couldn’t think of anything beginning with K. Can you think of anything?

and a gnat who doesn’t belong on the N page. A cut above most alphabet books, it has a story, kept me amused as well as fils cadet and, unlike Dr. Seuss’s ABC, which is also excellent, it doesn’t rhyme, thus requiring a reluctant British readerΒ  to say “zee”…


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I'm a freelance literary translator from German and French to English. The title of my blog comes from Mary Schmich's description of reading: it struck home with me, and seems especially apt for translated fiction. Here are some of my musings on what I'm reading, re-reading, reading to my children, and translating.
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5 Responses to Kipper’s A to Z

  1. My teens are still fans of Kipper!

  2. Lucym808 says:

    This is one of our absolute favourite books! I think Mick Inkpen is one of the most under-rated writers for children there is. He’s an absolute genius. Many of his best lines have become part of our family folklore (Best one: ‘Kipper was very enthusiastic about snow’. Substitute child’s name for ‘Kipper’ and what you like for ‘snow’)

  3. Katie says:

    Kippah! πŸ™‚ My husband and kids all love this, especially when he requests “sweeties.” πŸ˜€

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