Synopses & Reviews
A is for Always, that's where we embark...
Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.
Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?
The Dangerous Alphabet is a tale of adventure, piracy, danger, and heroism told in twenty-six alphabetical lines although even the alphabet is not to be relied upon here. A delightfully dangerous journey from national bestselling author Neil Gaiman and the monstrously talented Gris Grimly, The Dangerous Alphabet is sure to captivate and chill young readers.
"Gaiman and Grimley have combined forces to produce an acrid, gothic confection that bubbles with vitriol and wit." Booklist
"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." Kirkus Reviews
"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." Children's Literature
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.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman has written highly acclaimed books for both children and adults. He has won many major awards, including the Hugo and the Nebula, and his New York Times
bestselling novel The Graveyard Book
is the only work ever to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) Medals. His books for readers of all ages include the bestselling Coraline
, also an Academy Award-nominated film; Fortunately, the Milk
; Odd and the Frost Giants
; and The Wolves in the Walls
. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.
Gris Grimly was born much later, but he too experienced tragedy and dismay throughout his life. Considered a Mad Creator among colleagues, he is known for collecting raw materials and assembling them into his own wretched creations. These reanimated tales include Edgar Allan Poes Tales of Mystery and Madness, Edgar Allan Poes Tales of Death and Dementia, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Pinocchio. He has also given life to original forms like Neil Gaimans The Dangerous Alphabet and his own Wicked Nursery Rhymes series, among other demented favorites.