"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."
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-08-05
- Reviewer: Staff
Every letter gets a full two spreads in this chunky abecedarian, in which die-cut versions of the letters serve as alternating pages. Franceschelli uses the familiar “A is for...” construction, and the spreads provide visual clues about the conclusions to each sentence. On the D page, the tail end of a dog can be seen through the open center of a red capital D; turning the page reveals the dog in full, as it happily tracks muddy paw prints through a retro-chic room with checkered floor. The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)