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Kindergarten-Grade 4—The introduction to this book is a little clunky; it's rather wordy and difficult to read with black letters in a small font against a dark gray background. Things become more interesting once that page is turned. An alphabet of animals is presented, each one cleverly composed of its initial letter in a typeface that often suits the characteristics of that creature—a spiky alligator, shaggy sheep, etc. Fold-out pages allow for the impressive height of the giraffe or the length of the alligator to be revealed. Small boxes on the bottom and sides of the pages show how using a different typeface for a particular letter render it suitable for a different purpose—a loopy "l" for lasso as opposed to some that lean or bend slightly for laziness. There is a lot to examine here, and readers should return repeatedly to do just that. Suggestions follow for children to try inventing their own typefaces, and to investigate the Web site for the Type Directors Club. Young readers will enjoy the animals while older children will have a greater appreciation for the book's artistry.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ END

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Starred Review. No ordinary abecedarian, this typographical trip will wow design fans and suggest creative projects with letterforms. The book s introduction speaks affectionately of typefaces just like people, they look different and have different personalities before embarking on a thrilling spin through the alphabet. The first spread presents an alligator s silhouette, made up of capital and lowercase As, as the repeated word algae forms green strands around it. A bat shaped from gothic Bs holds vampire connotations; tall, skinny Gs evoke the height of a giraffe that hides behind leafy, vertical folds; and breathless italic Rs make a rabbit seem poised to leap. Werner and Forss, a debuting team of graphic designers, devote page borders to extra wordplay: a C becomes the curved back and tail of a cat, a K s extended foot kicks a soccer ball, a cursive L is a lasso and rounded Ps nestle in a pod. Innovations arrive several to a page, rewarding repeat visits and encouraging readers to muse on the power of type and all that letters and words can imply or insinuate.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Apple Books; 1 edition (July 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934706787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934706787
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.6 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I got fed up with ABC books for a) being boring and predictable and b) using typefaces that were tricky (when the upper case C looks like a G, for example, or the upper case I is no different from the lower case L), so I was delighted to get this book. Kids are great at picking out the essence of a thing - at 18 months old they'll recognise a cow simply because it's black and white and has a pink nose. This book provides them with the tools to recognize letters and the examples are great too: the letters are used in illustrations as part of the picture (an illustration of a face with hair, for example, where the hair is made up of 'H's) and it's got a sense of humor.

I want to buy another one to keep in pristine condition as I feel this will become a classic. I love it.
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Most adorable typographic children's book ever. Type nerds and designer rejoice, now you can teach your kids about Helvetia, typefaces and animals all at the same time! Beautifully designed and very creative and tasteful!
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This book is an awesome introduction to typography for kids; for each letter there are examples of different typefaces, pointing out variations a letter can have in a very fun and kid-friendly way. The pages are very beautifully designed, with lots of fun surprises. I bought this as a way to introduce kids to graphic design, but even if you don't care about design, it's a fun way to learn about letters.
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have bought this book as a gift for 4 children ages 2-5 and they all love it, as do their parents. very creative and fun way to learn.
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I like that it takes letters and reforms them into object. Besides being a design geek myself, I appreciate that it is also teaching my son to see things in different ways. It helps him think abstract and see that everything doesn't have to be photorealistic or represented exactly the same way. Helps encourage this more imaginary way of looking at the world to be able to see the face in the cloud. And of course, begin to recognize the letters. Visually, gives more more anchors to objects that start with an a, b, c, etc. than simply putting an "A" next to an apple picture.
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Beautifully designed book. Unique. Great for design orientated parents, typography-philes and for kids learning their alphabets. Not for really young kids and the pages are regular paper that could tear easily.
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LOVE the design and the idea behind this but i think it would've been smarter to make it a sturdy board book that a child that's learning their ABC's can handle without damaging
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One of my 2 1/2 year old daughter's favorite books, this is a gorgeous and absolutely original ABC book, unlike any other I've ever seen. Great illustrations and colors, cute text, and educational (even for Moms and Dads who never really gave typefaces a second thought). One small caveat: my son, at her age, would probably have destroyed it. Like a pop-up book, it does have some fold outs and die cuts that could rip if handled roughly....overall though, this is a wonderful book and yes, does make a great gift.
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