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Letterland is a series of educational books by Lyn Wendon created to teach children how to read.

Set in the titular Letterland, the series follows a series of beings who are all themed after certain letters. It shows their lives, the adventures that they go on, and what they learn. The characters are Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben, Clever Cat, Dippy Duck, Eddy Elephant, Fireman Fred, Golden Girl, Hairy Hat man, Impy Ink, Jumping Jim, Kicking King, Lucy the Lamp Lady, Munching Mike, Naughty Nick, Oscar Orange, Poor Peter, Quarrelsome Queen, Robber Red, Sammy Snake, Ticking Tom, Uppy Umbrella, Vase of Violets, Wicked Water Witch, Max and Maxine, Yo-yo man, Zig Zag Zebra.

The series has run since the late 1960s.

Letterland contains examples of:

  • Alliterative Name: A given, given the nature of the series: Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben, Clever Cat, and so on. The stories tend to have lots of words beginning with the same letter as the main character in that story.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Impy Ink, Uppy Umbrella, and Vase of Violets are talking objects.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: Annie Apple and Oscar Orange are both foods.
  • Beach Bury: At the seaside, Naughty Nick buries Golden Girl in the sand.
  • Blindfolded Trip: Bouncy Ben is blindfolded before his birthday trip in a balloon.
  • Cheated Angle: Most, if not all of the characters are only shown in a way so their respective letters are never shown backwards.
  • Domino Mask: Robber Red wears one as part of his robber motif.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Munching Mike, who munches his way through metal.
  • Floating in a Bubble: The story "Bouncy Ben and the Bubble" depicts the titular character having a bath. He uses his younger brother's bubble bath to blow a huge bubble which he then rides on rather than inside it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Naughty Nick, who means well, but doesn't think before acting.
  • One-Word Title: Letterland.
  • The Place: Letterland, naturally.
  • Prefers Going Barefoot: The Hairy Hat Man does not wear shoes, because he says they make too much noise as he hops along.
  • Put on a Bus: Robber Red and Wicked Water Witch were replaced with Red Robot and Walter Walrus back in 2004.
  • Sssssnaketalk: Sammy Snake, naturally.
  • Talking Animal: Bouncy Ben (bunny), Clever Cat, Dippy Duck, Eddie Elephant, Poor Peter (puppy), Sammy Snake, and Zig Zag Zebra can all talk.