Alphablock

By Christopher Franceschelli; Christopher Franceschelli (Illustrator)
(ABRAMS, Board Book, 9781419709364, 104pp.)

Publication Date: August 2013

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Description
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.
Praise for "Alphablock"
STARRED REVIEW
"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"
Awards
"Parents" 10 Best Children's Books of 2013
Notable Children's Books from ALSC 2014

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