A is for Donkeys is an alphabetic adventure with a difference. Readers are invited to delight in the sounds and semantics of letters A-Z, discovering many quirks of the English language along the way. This is no simple reading primer – it’s a celebration of the absurdities of spelling and pronunciation, using ingenious puns and idioms, old and new. The stylish letterform illustrations by Riccardo Guasco beautifully amplify the humour and occasional pathos of Jonathan Hope’s playful verse. A gem of a book for all phonetics-phobic adults, linguistically-curious children and fun-seeking English language learners and teachers.