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Reviews: The ABCs of D&D (and) The 123s of D&D by Ivan Van Norman and Caleb Cleveland

Hey all, Dani here.

Today I am reviewing two books in one post. Why? Well, because they are short children’s books, and also because they are similar in content and creation and all of that.

Am I 30 year old woman who doesn’t have children (yet)? Yes, but I had to support these books when I learned about them, because I want to see more geeky books out there for all age groups.

All right. Let’s get started.

Summaries

A Dungeons & Dragons children’s book that captures the wonder and whimsy that made you fall in love with the game.

“An adorable book for geeks big and little.”–Felicia Day, author of New York Times bestseller You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

A is for Adventure. 
Our journey has begun. 
B is for Book, 
the source of all the fun!

Start your little gamer on an adventure to last a lifetime with this alphabetical children’s book and introduction to the greatest roleplaying game of all time, Dungeons & Dragons.

Written in the rhyming style of classic children’s books and filled with adorable owlbears and darling beholders, it’s the perfect book to share the joy of Dungeons & Dragons with a new generation as they learn the alphabet–a precursor to every new path in reading.

– Perfect birthday gift or holiday gift for gamers of all ages; great thank you gift for Dungeon Masters 
– Must-have for all gaming parents; a great baby shower gift! 
– Part of a series with The 123s of D&D, a children’s counting book and companion to The ABCs of D&D.


A Dungeons & Dragons children’s book that captures the wonder and whimsy that made you fall in love with the game.

“It’s never too early to jump into the world of Dungeons & Dragons and now it’s even easier for children to let their inner elf shine through.”–ComicBook.com

We begin with ONE Dungeon Master 
telling a story of daring deeds, 
the adventure of TWO heroes and 
their brave and noble steeds.

Start your little gamer on an adventure to last a lifetime with this numerical children’s book and introduction to the greatest roleplaying game of all time, Dungeons & Dragons.

Written in the rhyming style of classic children’s books and filled with adorable owlbears and darling beholders, adorable bugbears and darling drow, it’s the perfect book to share the joy of Dungeons & Dragons with a new generation as they learn their numbers–a precursor to every new path in counting.

– Perfect birthday gift or holiday gift for gamers of all ages; great thank you gift for Dungeon Masters 
– Must-have for all gaming parents; a great baby shower gift! 
– Part of a series with The ABCs of D&D, a children’s alphabet book and companion to The 123s of D&D

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Okay, so I first read The ABCs of D&D when it was released after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Of course, back then it was The ABCs of RPGs. So after teaming up with Wizards of the Coast, it was re-released with a few changes, and a number based companion book was also released.

Are they still cute books? Yes. Do they still teach both ABCs and 123s with adorable rhymes and plenty of references to role playing games? Absolutely. But some of the artwork changed since they could include Wizards of the Coast copyrighted material.

Is it wrong that I’m a little sad that it messed up a couple of the rhymes to where they had to change them too?

Look, okay, I own my Kickstarter copy of ABCs and now I own the re-release as well. Clearly I enjoy these books, and I definitely plan to read them to my future nerdlings.

The artwork is adorable. The 123s book even has a mini bestiary in the second half, which tells you about some of the classic D&D creatures. I like flipping through these books and looking at everything that was included. And I hope that perhaps they make some more cute little nerd based kids books in the future.

They are roughly 26ish pages long each, so they take no time at all to read, but I think they are great for any fantasy lover or D&D geek who either has little ones or is planning to have little ones in the future.

Where to Buy

ABCs: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository

123s: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository

Of course you can also pick up these delightful reads from your local independent bookstore as well.

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