I didn’t think I could get excited about any new alphabet books. There are so many fabulous ones on the market already. (See my Top 10 posts Part One and Part Two about that— which means I either need to amend these lists or start a Part Three!) But this is like someone reinvented the wheel! Produced by the American Museum of Natural History, ABC Animals is a large board book that is one of the best alphabet books I’ve seen in a long time. What makes it so appealing? The simplicity for one thing. It’s printed on excellent, high glossy pages with incredibly engaging photographs of various animals. The text is very brief too. Many alphabet animal books act like encyclopedia entries and kids almost never take the time to read through the whole bit. This one is perfect, just one or two sentences describing a fun fact about each animal. And it succeeds on one of my most critical alphabet-book-judging-points! They didn’t cheat on the letter X! (X-ray Tetra Fish indeed!) Considering that this was just a spontaneous grab at the library, I am highly impressed! Now I have to go seek out the AMNH’s other ABC books: ABC Dinosaurs and their new ABC Oceans which will release next month.