A is for Apricat by Mauro Gatti is one of the most fun and adorable children’s books I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across. I just adored every single second of reading this book. Each animal was presented in a thoroughly fun way, simultaneously introducing children to each different food item along the way. I can already imagine a bunch of little kids making Apricats and Peanguins out of their apricots and peas as they eat.
Granted, I’m not sure how many parents want to encourage children to play with their food. I’d be alright with it, though.
An even more amazing fact about this book is that the end of it has a bunch of nutritional facts that you can teach your child about the various fruits and vegetables mentioned throughout. As someone who is not incredibly well versed in nutrition even to this day, that key was something I found to be incredibly useful. I know I’d definitely refer to it were I reading this to a child.
I personally don’t think it would be a huge issue for the age range I imagine this book is typically geared toward, but it’s possible that the spelling mashups might affect a child’s understanding for how to spell the names of these fruits and vegetables. With that said, though, I don’t picture most of the kids who will be reading this book spelling words like apricot at that period of their life.
All in all, I’m rather fond of this book.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.