Synopses & Reviews
A dramatic black-and-white presentation of the alphabet in which thee Caldecott medalist depicts a mysterious transformation of each letter. "Whimsical, sophisticated, this should appeal to a wide audience . . ".--Kirkus Reviews, starred review.
"The most succinctly nutty alphabet book in the history of mankind." The New York Times
"Whimsical, sophisticated, this should appeal to a wide audience, from those amused by mayhem in an unusual context to the many fans of this uniquely creative artist." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
A puzzle book, an alphabet book, a carefully statge series of surreal dramatic events, a sequence of imaginative visual images, this is as intriguing as any of Van Allsburg's books. Whimsical, sophisticated, this should appeal to a wide audience...
Van Allsburg presents an alphabetical morality play in 26 acts.....This clever romp resembles old vaudeville theater, with one curious act followin the next.
School Library Journal
A dramatic black- and- white presentation of the alphabet in which the three-time Caldecott medalist depicts a mysterious transformation of each letter.
About the Author
Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in childrens literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.