Alphabetics: An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology

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From Atticus, the altruistic astronaut, to Zooey, the zonked zombie, this book revamps the ABCs. C is for Cat? D is for dog? Not in this book! Here, Colossal Cornelius captures his companions with his camera and Daisy the diver dares a death-defying dip with dinosaurs. In Alphabetics, each of the alphabet's twenty-six letters is depicted with an awesome alliteration--not to mention an illuminating illustration--that will captivate and stimulate young minds. Although the lettered tales are meant to be humorous and fun, they also serve a commendable purpose. Complex words are introduced to expand children's vocabularies and linguistic horizons. The book includes a glossary so that readers can look up any terms that are unfamiliar to them.

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Gr 4–8—Not your typical ABC book, this artsy work is printed on high-quality paper and each letter is accompanied by alliterative text and retro-modern illustrations that demonstrate, for the most part, what the text is describing (though more literal readers may take umbrage that the "yuppie Yeti" is actually eating a cup of "fro yo" in the Yukon rather than the stated yard). The style of the font is simple and attractive, but very small. The descriptors for each letter use advanced, creative vocabulary that younger children will enjoy hearing read aloud. Older students can expand their vocabularies using the glossary to help them with unfamiliar words: "colossal Cornelius/captures curious carnie companions/on his classic Contaflex camera." "Paris the pretentious peacock/puffs on a Peterson pipe/while perched upon a penny-farthing." The illustrations are unique; the heads of subjects are disproportionately small for their bodies. Ryski uses a limited palette for each illustration, which is then set against a solid white background. While some parents will appreciate it's quirky charm, others might find some of the imagery inappropriate for children, e.g., a zombie smoking a cigarette. An unusual offering.—Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MO

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“In Alphabetics, each of the alphabet’s letters is represented by an extraordinary alliteration and an explicative illustration by Dawid Ryski that will fascinate and stimulate young minds.”

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"A is for apple, B is for BORING... Ho-hum. This is NOT that book...Alphabetics is a unique and enjoyable alphabet book that both parents and kids will love.” --Bergers Book Reviews

“A glorious book ... a fun, challenging and illustrative adventure which equates to the best kind of learning.” (mom.me)

“A modish alphabet book that delights in sophisticated, alliterative language ... Grainy prints dominated by shades of mustard, saffron, and robin’s egg blue lend a polished, offbeat aesthetic. A glossary offers definitions for many of the words, rounding out the tongue-twisting wordplay with a vocabulary lesson for budding logophiles.” --Publishers Weekly

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