ABCD : An Alphabet Book of Cats and Dogs

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9780316592406: ABCD : An Alphabet Book of Cats and Dogs

Simple text juxtagposed with wacky images of dogs and cats in very human situations make this alphabet book unique. Whether these cats and dogs are racing around in rocket ships or mastering magic tricks, they offer a unique and amusing way to learn the alphabet. See if you can spot Ivan gliding on ice, Quentin curling up quietly on his quilt, and Wendy wearing weird wigs? Surprising, silly and sly, this book is fun for children learning their ABCs as well as cat and dog lovers of all ages.

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Sheila Moxley's witty cat and dog photo collages also appear on a popular line of greeting cards, wrapping paper, stickers, and calendars. She lives in London.

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Moxley (illustrator of Stone Girl, Bone Girl) now brings to picture books the photo-collage techniques and motifs that she has developed for a line of greeting cards, wrapping paper, stickers and calendars: she takes snapshots of animals and then riffs on them with cut paper and acrylics and a hipster's sense of irony and faux na‹vet‚. Her alphabetical cast of characters includes Deborah the cat, said to "deliver doughnuts door-to-door." To a view of a cat's head, Moxley has painted on a cap bearing the name "Doughnuts Direct" and a bag of doughnuts, apparently held in the cat's mouth; for the background, she conjures three red houses standing against a magenta sky. There's also Louise, a voluptuous Persian, who "longs for letters from her love," although the expression in her eyes is anything but wistful, and the beagle Oswald, who "often orders orange juice" and is made to sit at a lunch counter, sipping juice from a straw. Unfortunately, there's more style than substance here. What ultimately undermines the book is a pervasive visual flatness. These works invariably recall the photos of William Wegman, also an ironist. But readers can believe his Weimaraners are in on the joke. These animals, for the most part, look like they'd rather be somewhere else. Ages 3-8.

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