Once Upon an Alphabet is an A to Z short story collection by well know children's book author/illustrator Oliver Jeffers. Each letter of the alphabet has it's own story, with a few weaving together throughout. This over-sized collection's charm lies within Jeffer's trademark illustrations and witty tone. My personal favorite was "O" a story of an owl and octopus who search for problems to solve. And I loved the real life quality of the illustrations for "E" and "Q" - which you will need to see in person to appreciate.
Chock full of rich vocabulary and quirky humor, I recommend this book to school-aged readers who are looking for an entertaining and quick read. Jeffer's is also perfect for adults who appreciate the art of children's books.
If you would like to see more of Jeffer's work checkout This Moose Belongs to Me or The Day the Crayons Quit at VBPL.