The Big Letter Hunt
The Big Letter Hunt in the East End of London
Amandine Alessandra and Rute Nieto Ferreira, published by Tower Block Books, 2014
The Big Letter Hunt is an alphabet picture book that takes its readers, young and old, on a tour of East London to find giant letters hidden amongst the buildings and streets of London’s East End.
The architectural treasure hunt wends its way through the Barbican, the City, Spitalfields, Haggerston, Hackney Road, Globe Town, Bow, Mile End and Whitechapel, and features landmark buildings such as Dennis Lasdun’s Keeling House and the Gasworks on the Regent’s Canal, as well as local primary schools, blocks of flats and a library.
Some letters are easy to spot; others need a closer look. The Big Letter Hunt is a book for children and everyone else who likes buildings, typography and the East End.
“An innovative and beautiful book.
City walks with – or without – children will be transformed.”
Dr Kiera Vaclavik, leader of the research cluster Children’s Literature/ Children’s Lives and senior lecturer at Queen Mary University
“Look! Look! It’s a big ‘A’!”
Nina, 3 and 3/4, pointing at a swings’ frame
“Fantastic book. No Hackney home should be without Big Letter Hunt.”
Jenny Woodman, via Twitter