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A B C Pop (Picture Books) Hardcover – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Series: Picture Books
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670883298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670883295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,135,419 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

With a tip of her hat to such '60s icons as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, Isadora (The Little Mermaid) whips out a zinger of an ABC book. Playing her retro riff across the pages, she blends strongly linear graphics and repetitive images with such signature elements of pop as polka-dot shading and bold, cartoon-like outlining. For the letter H, for instance, a trio of hot dogs parade across a white background, while a quartet of pigs in harmonious shades of pink, green and blue do a Warholesque turn for the letter P. Primary colors combine with accents in aqua, hot pink and avocado green to resurrect (and even superimpose) visual puns from the past, such as a daisy, that ubiquitous '60s symbol, held by The Manchurian Candidate's Queen of Hearts (for the letter Q, of course). The book ends with a "Zing! Zoom! Zap!", the words encased in the kind of explosively jagged comic book bubbles that mark Roy Lichtenstein's works. Even the endpapers and dust jacket continue the theme, as a sassy "Bye-Bye" bids readers farewell from the back cover. Baby boomers will find this artistic homage a nostalgic hoot, while their offspring will appreciate its verve. All ages.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 5Isadora, whose impressionistic-style images have beguiled many a reader, turns her hand to pop art in this exuberant alphabet book. In a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg, she matches letter with object in imaginative ways that are right on a childs wavelength. B, for example, finds King Kong heading up the Empire State Building, H showcases three plump hot dogs (each with a different topping), N sports a long-nosed Pinocchio, U finds an umpire calling safe as a player slides into base, and Y consists of a series of swinging yo-yos. The artist carefully varies the pages: some are double-page spreads, such as W, where a spider crawls over a large but fragile-looking web; others repeat an image, such as P, which features four pigs in either blue, olive, lavender, or pink, all shaded with black dots in comic-book style. The energy and bright colors will captivate young viewers; for older readers, this could make a great lead-in to Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordans The Painters Eye (Delacorte, 1994).Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I took this book to school with me because we were learning the alphabet. My teacher and friends thought it was very different from the other books we saw. My teacher had us draw pictures like the ones in ABC POP! We had fun and the pictures were hung up in the class. I want to be an artist and do books too. I liked the colors and the way each picture was so funny. Will there be more books like this?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Went to the library and found this book for my son. We have enjoyed many hours discussing modern art because of its stimilation. We discussed color, style and form. I explained how this art has influenced style, art, music, etc. today. And then we went to the museum to look at Pop art. What a wonderful book- I will always treasure it- I hope Ms. Isadora comes up with more books like this....Numbers POP! and I hope she reads this review!
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By A Customer on July 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a school librarian and my class and I are writing this review. Everyone thinks it is a great classic. We have done pictures in the various styles displayed in the book and have had the greatest time. We will be visiting the museum nearest to us which has modern art just to see where Ms. Isadora's inspiration came from. We want to thank her for letting us see the world in a different way.
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By A Customer on January 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I simply loved this book, it's about time a great visual Pop art book came out. I think the pictures are so original and yet draw on the artwork of the original artists. Looking at this book is like visiting a museum. Thank you, Ms. Isadora and I hope there will be more!
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