Kim Drane
Publisher: NLA Publishing
ISBN: 9781922507471
Awards Year: 2024
Category: CBCA Award for New Illustrator


Come and meet the Phonobet, old Alpha Betty’s twin,
The set of all the sounds you use when waggling your chin.

Phonobet is a modern-day, Australian answer to Dr Seuss’s ABC. This very clever rhyming text takes an onomatopoeic romp through the 44 phonemes of Australian (and British) English, comparing sounds to trees, bees, trains, robots, monkeys, pirates and more. The text aligns with primary-school phonics programs and could be used by educators in this field, but is equally successful as a fun read-aloud book for parents of 4 to 6-year-olds.

Children will enjoy Kim Drane’s bold, colourful and fun-filled illustrations, which pop on the page.

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The CBCA judges say...


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A Reading Time reviewer says...

Who knew there are more sounds in reading then just the 26-letter alphabet! Phonobet book will teach young children the alphabet twin – something we all use when wagging [our]chin!..


Teaching Notes for this book...

NLA Publishing has generously made teaching notes available for this book on their website.


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