Twenty-six letters...twenty-six colorful pictures...twenty-six smiling babies!
Charming, bright illustrations that combine art and photography make this an alphabet that the youngest readers will love. Each letter of the alphabet features a picture of an adorable baby in a cheerful setting, and rhyming text carries parent and youngster from letter to letter. If you love babies, you'll love Alphababies!
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This abecedary confection, Golding's debut, combines photos of multiracial toddlers with highly stylized, computer-generated costumes, letters and settings. To illustrate the letter V, for example, a toddler's face is collaged atop a snappy tuxedo-and-tails ensemble, and he seems to wave a maestro's baton at a row of stick-figure violinists. The wee mermaid perched on a bubbly letter M sports a sleek, iridescent tail and luxuriously synthesized carrot-colored tresses topped with a crown. Some of the letters are cleverly costumed as well: the letter X, which here represents that old alphabet standby, the X-ray, is wallpapered in a motif of bones. The rhyming text doesn't sing with originality, but it is succinct and sufficiently catchy, with each rhyme completed across a single spread: "I is an igloo made from ice blocks/ J is for Jack who lives in a box." In a few compositions, the blending of child and computer art is awkward (especially where some of a child's limbs look photographed and others look computer-generated) and not all the letters are evenly integrated into the vignettes. The palette, too, runs to techno-colors, heightening the otherworldly, even eerie effect. But for the most part the conceit works, offering plenty of appeal to the dress-up instincts of the very young. Ages 2-5.
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A fresh look at the alphabet: Golding combines photographed baby heads and pudgy arms and legs with computer-generated costumes and virtual settings. Every page has a large letter with the featured word below it situated against a colorful and surreal backdrop of computer images. Inserted into this is a picture of a child engaged in a related activity or pose. Beneath every illustration is a bouncy rhyme using the particular letter and word: ``C is a castle I built near the sea/D is a duck, a sailor like me.'' Golding's rhymes focus on common objects, effectively creating a balance to the imaginatively conceived illustrations; their execution, however, can be static, and when the proportions of the babies' bodies are off, the results are disconcerting, at least to adults. Most children won't notice, and will relish the jack-in-the-box, haughty queen, or exuberant band leader conducting an orchestra of violins. (Picture book. 4-8) -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description DK CHILDREN, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0789425297
Book Description DK CHILDREN, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0789425297
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