Synopses & Reviews
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 Iandrsquo;s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at Fandrsquo;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 letterandrsquo;s physicalityandmdash;angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimoandrsquo;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.
And also available: COUNTABLOCK, with pages cut into the shape of numerals from 1 to 100!
Praise for Alphablock
andquot;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.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
andquot;The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package.andquot;
andquot;With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimoandrsquo;s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock printsandhellip; A visually captivating delight for careful little ones.andquot;
andquot;While itandrsquo;s graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own.andquot;
andmdash;The New York Times
andquot;The baby, toddler or nursery-schooler who tears the gift wrapping off Christopher Franceschelliand#39;s Alphablock may think that she has just opened a toy, for how lively and tactile the thing in her hands will be.andquot;
andmdash;The Wall Street Journal
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"In this small-format alphabet book, wild animals describe their unique characteristics: 'I'm no bear! I'm a marsupial--an animal with a pouch,' declares a koala. Opposite the text, striking black and white representations of each animal interact with the letters that correspond to their names. A chinchilla runs a treadmill to create a C, a jaguar creeps from behind a bold letter J, and three narwhals swim to form a capital N. The text offers surprising facts about a variety of unusual animals, and kids will enjoy engaging with the modern, interactive design. Ages 3 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
Kirkus Reviews(Starred Review) [T]he letters are the main event here. In crisp black and white, each block capital interacts in some ingenious way with a drawing of its animal. A Giraffe extends its neck from the G; a black Jaguar slinks from behind the J; a Rhinoceros reduces the R to rubble. X (a Xantus-a kind of hummingbird) rises gracefully from the fold in full X-crossed double relief, the body and wings of the bird exquisitely excised from within the letter. Most of the pop-up action is effected by the turn of the page, which should extend the book's life beyond a normal pop-up's. An elegant alphabet experience. Through The Looking Glass Children's Book ReviewsIn this unique alphabet pop-up book, the reader is presented with a clever pop-up, information about the featured animal, and a photo of the featured animal on every double page spread. Each pop-up is different, and readers of all ages keep coming back to see the penguin peeking out from behind its letter P, and the chinchilla running on its letter C exercise wheel. Publishers Weekly[S]triking black & white representations of each animal interact with the letters. . . . The text offers surprising facts about a variety of unusual animals, and kids will enjoy engaging with the modern, interactive design. Wild About Nature Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll)Each page of this delightful book is dedicated to one of the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Each letter literally pops with a new animal accompanied by fun text describing the animal's behavior. . . . This book is beautifully made and story time ready. It is easy to imagine children wanting to get up and imitate the animals that they are encountering on this WILD adventure. Wrapped in Foil Blog (part of nonfiction Monday blog roll)[S]ure to be “pop”-ular as a gift book. . . . [the] few facts about the animal[s] [are] written in an engaging way . . . Tucsoncitizen.comYou can almost hear the roar, snarl, and chrip of the creatures portrayed in this book as they pop up from each of the pages. Wild animals literally jump, slither, and fly off the pages, beginning with Antelope and ending with Zebra. This book is perfect for reading aloud and sharing time and time again. Dan Green is a freelance science writer and editor and “Wild Alphabet” is a fun teaching tool, especially for youngsters just beginning to learn their ABCs.
Animals literally jump off the page in this illustrated pop-up featuring 26 wild animals hiding within the pages of the book. Antelope bursts through the letter A; Leopard lurches from behind L; Giraffe, reaches a long neck over G; Koala carrys her baby around K and Penguin waddles out from behind P . . . with accompanying key facts about each animal, this is a book that readers and animal lovers of all ages will treasure and enjoy for years to come.
About the Author
Dan Green studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University. Since graduating, he has written and edited many popular science titles and humorous books, become the editor of a South American national newspaper, worked as a travel writer, as well as developing and editing the wildly successful Horrible Science magazine collection. He is the “voice” of Bashers bestselling science-made-easy books, and to date has written nine titles in the series.