Bert Kitchen's beautiful and delicate paintings of the twenty-six animals which make up this book are hypnotising and compelling. The book has no words on any of the pages of the alphabet and the reader has the challenge of guessing the names of the animals which can be checked with the words on the last page. Apart from providing children with an enjoyable guessing game, this is a most beautiful book which will be always a pleasure to dip into.
Bert Kitchen is one of the top illustrators of children's books, whose work has been exhibited in many countries. His titles have won him international acclaim: Animal Numbers won the 1988 Bologna Graphics Prize for Children, and was runner-up in the Bologna Critici in Erba prize. This was judged in part by a panel of children, confirming that his books appeal directly to children as well as to adults. He has also illustrated Meredith Hooper's Tom's Rabbit, runner-up in the English 4-11 Awards for the Best Children's Picture Books of 1998.