Alphablock Cover


By Christopher Franceschelli; Peskimo (Illustrator)

Abrams Appleseed, Board Books, 9781419709364, 104pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

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 I's ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F'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 letter's physicality angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo'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
"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."
School Library Journal, starred review
"The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package."
Publishers Weekly
"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo's art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints A visually captivating delight for careful little ones."
Kirkus Reviews
"While it's graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own."
The New York Times
"The baby, toddler or nursery-schooler who tears the gift wrapping off Christopher Franceschelli's Alphablock may think that she has just opened a toy, for how lively and tactile the thing in her hands will be."
The Wall Street Journal
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About the Author
Christopher Franceschelli is a long-time publisher, editor, and creator of children s books. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Peskimo is a husband-wife illustration and design team who lives in Bristol, UK. This is their first children s book."