Graeme Base's Animalia is simply an amazing alphabet book. The rhyming prose is clever, funny, and full of rich vocabulary, and the illustrations are so beautiful. It's great fun to find all the things on the pages that begin with each letter... dragon, diamonds, donuts, dagger, dinosaur, dromedary... it's a visual and literary adventure. A feast for the eyes and ears!
Sadly, we have to return this to the library as there are many holds on it, but it's definitely a keeper, so I just need to get myself a copy soon!