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Alphablock
by Christopher Franceschelli and Harry N. Abrams


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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More About Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli; Harry N. Abrams
 
 
 
Overview
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.
And also available: COUNTABLOCK, with pages cut into the shape of numerals from 1 to 100
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

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781419709364
  • ISBN-10: 1419709364
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
  • Publish Date: August 2013
  • Page Count: 104

Series: Alphablock

Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

Publishers Weekly® Reviews

  • 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.)

 
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