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This highly inventive board book encourages children to explore the alphabet and associated words. Using guessing games and touch, it teaches the child all the different features of each letter, with vintage-style illustrations that celebrate the letterforms.
Recommended by Richard C., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I's ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F's fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letters physicality — angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo's animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way.

Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Review:

"Every letter gets a full two spreads in this chunky abecedarian, in which die-cut versions of the letters serve as alternating pages. Franceschelli uses the familiar 'A is for...' construction, and the spreads provide visual clues about the conclusions to each sentence. On the D page, the tail end of a dog can be seen through the open center of a red capital D; turning the page reveals the dog in full, as it happily tracks muddy paw prints through a retro-chic room with checkered floor. The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package. Ages 1–4." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork." School Library Journal, starred review

Review:

"The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo's art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints….A visually captivating delight for careful little ones." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"While it's graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own." The New York Times

About the Author

Christopher Franceschelli is a long-time publisher, editor, and creator of children's books. He lives with his family in Brooklyn.

Peskimo is a husband-wife illustration and design team who lives in Bristol, UK. This is their first children's book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781419709364
Author:
Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo
Publisher:
Abrams Appleseed
Illustrator:
PESKIMO
Author:
Franceschelli, Christopher
Subject:
Concepts - Alphabet
Subject:
Children s-Concepts
Edition Description:
Board Books
Publication Date:
20130806
Binding:
Board book Child's book with all pages printed on board
Language:
English
Pages:
104
Dimensions:
6.25 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 1 up to 4

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Product details 104 pages Abrams Appleseed - English 9781419709364 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This highly inventive board book encourages children to explore the alphabet and associated words. Using guessing games and touch, it teaches the child all the different features of each letter, with vintage-style illustrations that celebrate the letterforms.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Every letter gets a full two spreads in this chunky abecedarian, in which die-cut versions of the letters serve as alternating pages. Franceschelli uses the familiar 'A is for...' construction, and the spreads provide visual clues about the conclusions to each sentence. On the D page, the tail end of a dog can be seen through the open center of a red capital D; turning the page reveals the dog in full, as it happily tracks muddy paw prints through a retro-chic room with checkered floor. The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package. Ages 1–4." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork."
"Review" by , "The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package."
"Review" by , "With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo's art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints….A visually captivating delight for careful little ones."
"Review" by , "While it's graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own."
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