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AlphaBit by Juan Carlos Solon

AlphaBit: An ABC Quest in 8-Bit

Juan Carlos Solon

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication date: 1 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781452170305

Inspired by 8-bit video games, and with a simple quest narrative, the reader discovers first words from A to Z.

4 stars out of 5
James Lovegrove
6 Sep 2019

"[Adults] will doubtless have great nostalgic fun reading this book with their children."

AlphaBit (Chronicle Books, RRP£9.99) re-creates the structure of a very different form of old-style entertainment: the 8-bit video game. Juan Carlos Solon’s pictures faithfully reproduce the crude, blocky graphics found in arcade machines and home consoles of the 1980s and 1990s. Each page contains a list of objects for the reader to spot, grouped under a different letter of the alphabet in order. As the pages turn, our elf hero wakes up, gathers comrades and embarks on a quest through a fantasy realm, battling enemies until finally he faces and defeats the end-of-level boss. Adults who played games like this in their youth, and fans of retro gaming in general, will doubtless have great nostalgic fun reading this book with their children.

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