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Operation Alphabet (The Ministry of Letters)

Al MacCuish, Luciano Lozano


An entertaining caper about the wonder of words and the magic of storytelling, hailed in the Daily Telegraph as one of the '100 Best Children’s Books of All Time'

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Welcome to England’s Ministry of Letters, the place where all the words in the world — in books, magazines, newspapers, road signs, posters, and more—start their lives, and from which the letters coordinate their critical missions to help children learn the alphabet. This book tells the story of Charlie Foxtrot, who starts school and finds mastering the alphabet confusing. The members of the Ministry’s Special Alphabet Service set off on a mission to Scotland to help Charlie and to open his mind to the power of letters and words. The charming artwork, reminiscent of classic children’s book illustrations from the 1950s and 1960s, combines with the witty text to bring the characters of the alphabet to life.


'Beautiful, muted colours and retro illustrations make this book a real pleasure'
Daily Telegraph

'Charming … the characters from the book can be utilised in a host of different ways to make children’s learning meaningful and exciting'
Creative Review

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 26.0 x 19.5 cm

Extent: 64 pp

Publication date: 8 July 2021

ISBN: 9780500652633

About the Author

Al MacCuish is the co-founder of Sunshine, a creative entertainment production company based in London and Los Angeles. He has written two bestselling children’s books.

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