This inventive book cruises through the alphabet with specialized videogame terms. The narrative voice isn’t stuffy at all but complicit–a good buddy revealing secrets. My eleven year old son–who seldom looks at any ABC books these days–loved it.

Besides being great for gamers or would-be gamers, this book could be used in the classroom or home school to introduce the idea of jargon or specialized language. The pixel-based (pixilated?) illustrations have, I’m sure, many inside jokes that I missed, but even I thought they were fun.

Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s Alphabet by Chris Barton, illustrated by Joey Spiotto. Pow! Books: 2014.