The contents of this slim 106-page volume are laid out in an original A–Z format. Each of the 26 units looks at an essential language item, such as the verb ‘to be’, ‘can’ and question forms. There are regular opportunities to self-test. The book provides useful phrases and a simple guide to basic grammar, pronunciation and spelling. It is designed to be used alone, with a ‘small dictionary’ and a pen; students are encouraged to read sentences aloud. The hand-drawn illustrations in a range of styles add interest and variety. A deliberately simplified, quirky alternative to the traditional beginners’ book.