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The Dangerous Alphabet

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Author's Note

I've always loved formal verse forms, and a few years ago I thought it might be fun to write an Alphabetical Poem, the kind I'd read in children's books when I was a boy. So I wrote one — a very odd one, filled with pirates and ghosts and treasure, and I sent it out as a Christmas Card. My editor, Elise Howard called me up and said, "That Alphabet Poem of yours is hanging over my desk. Why don't we do it as a book?"

And I said, "It's a very DANGEROUS alphabet, though."

She agreed that it was. We would need an artist who was up to the job.

Elise sent me books by Gris Grimly and asked if I would like him to illustrate it, and I grinned and grinned.

Gris and I had several long phone conversations, plotting out what we wanted to see in an Alphabet book, working out the story. And then Gris went down into the sewers, and drew pirates and monsters and tribes of mysterious people and treasure, and he came up and showed me what he'd found.

It's the story of two brave children and their pet Ibex. Or the story of treasure and a gang of cut-throat criminals who will stop at nothing to get what they want. It has an author in it, too, and some very dodgy-looking meat pies.

And 26 letters, most of them in the correct order.

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Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly
Grimly, Gris
Grimly, Gris
Gaiman, Neil
by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly
by Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly
Comics & Graphic Novels
Comics & Graphic Novels - General
Action & Adventure - General
Adventure and adventurers
Stories in rhyme
Children's 4-8 - Picturebooks
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
May 2008
Grade Level:
from K
7 x 11 x 0.375 in 11.04 oz
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:

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Product details 32 pages HarperCollins - English 9780060783334 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Gaiman and Grimley have combined forces to produce an acrid, gothic confection that bubbles with vitriol and wit."
"Review" by , "Grimly's gleefully ghoulish Tim Burton-esque line-and-watercolor illustrations are the star here....Fans of both creators' works will seek this title out, as will adults of the macabre persuasion."
"Review" by , "Neil Gaiman's idiosyncratic science fiction world is not to everyone's taste, but those to whom it appeals will love this alphabet book. They will find Grimly's sepia-toned drawings somewhat reminiscent of Edmund Gorey, a perfect fit with the sparse text."
"Synopsis" by , Bestselling author Neil Gaiman teams up with noted illustrator Gris Grimly for a tale of adventure, piracy, danger, and heroism told in 26 alphabetical lines — 13 short rhyming couplets — although even the alphabet is not to be relied upon here. Full color.
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