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Acrobatic Alligators to Zippy Zebras

Dazzlingly delightful dioramas and agelessly appealing assemblies fill Ellsworth’s Extraordinary Electric Ears and Other Amazing Alphabet Anecdotes.

Conceived, photographed, and written by Valorie Fisher, this just-published children’s book might be the most fun we’ve had with paper since, well, ever. Don’t bother trying to figure out whether this precocious picture book of sumptuously silly scenarios is one for the kids or for the grown-ups. Just be sure to get extra copies for everyone.

Fisher’s ramble through the alphabet includes fanciful forays amid Holly’s humble handbag home, Igor’s invisible ice cream, Mario’s mechanical moustache machine, and Uncle Upton’s unusual utensils. It’s so bright and brilliant your kids will have no idea it’s an educational tool.

Which is to say it’s a vast improvement over reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic.

Available online at amazon.com.