An Animal Alphabet
By Gianna Marino
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811847896, 36pp.)
Publication Date: August 2005
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Open the pages of this lively book and discover a bowl of animal alphabet soup sure to spark children's imaginations. From the tiny ant on the front endpapers to the exuberant zebra in the final spread, children will delight in the mischievous menagerie that bursts onto the table, while at the same time learning their letters and animals. Filled with imaginative details, it is a visual feast from start to finish.
Gianna Marino has been a full-time illustrator, toy designer, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last fourteen years, working on numerous projects including children's book illustrations. She has had an interest in animals since early childhood and has been painting since she could hold a brush.
"The best ABC books make you think, and the wordless ZOOPA: AN ANIMAL ALPHABET, by first-time children's book author Gianna Marino, asks a great deal of its readers." -The New York Times Book Review
this lively, engaging debut, an alphabetical menagerie, drawn naturalistically but with big, expressive eyes and mobile features, gathers around (or, sometimes, in) a bowl of tomato-colored alphabet soup...A great choice for self-starters or small groups." -Kirkus Reviews
"A lively choice for group or one-on-one sharing." -School Library Journal