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The Dangerous Alphabet Paperback – July 27, 2010
I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God
Through Bible stories, short devotions, and prayers, children discover the meaning of each name and how it relates to their lives. Hardcover
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In my spare time I read and sleep and eat and try to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.
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If you buy it for a child that is of picture book age, you may well have a similar scenario. This is, as the title suggests, an alphabet book. But forget about sweet glittery things. A may be for "always", but the youngsters that enter this sewer of horrors soon discover that "E's for the evil that lures and entices", and "F is for Fear and its many devices". There are muffled screams, pies cooked with human looking bones, chained up children, piracy, skulls, vile deeds, and lots of monsters. In short, as is his wont, Gaiman has tapped into the psyche to produce a terrifying trip through an amusement park horror show.
It's also extremely funny, in a black, gruesome way. Older children will love it. There is a little mix-up on the alphabet which children will feel good pointing out, and even a kind of happy ending as the boat comes through the tunnel to the letter Z, though I struggled to convince my daughter of that. The watercolour and ink illustrations are superb - incredibly detailed, with nightmarishly surreal imagery on every page.Read more ›
Its written the way that nightmares are supposed to be recorded. I mean-its an alphabet book for someone who is well aware of how the alphabet works. Its reminiscent of 'The Gashlycrumb Tinies' but this is creative and new in is own right. And none of the characters die.
You could almost expect to see this organized as poetry -although the illustrations really bring the language to life. very compatible-Gaiman and Grimly.
My favorite page is 'B is for Boat, pushing off in the dark'(the barbed wire and the vulture and the sense that these awful things are preferable to drifting into the darkness).
You kind of get lost in the story...Made aware that the author is no longer Neil Gaiman but a tree monster with sprawling roots and draped in a chains ('I am the author who scratches these rhymes')
This is taunting and relentless-unlike many "scary" books for children these days; this one does not bring comfort in the end...maybe indifference...definetely not comfort.
This is a little grim. But it is so fun.
I am a novice uncle. I do not know what little children enjoy; were it nephews I would buy them Ninja Turtles, but I am confused and frightened by My Little Pony. Literature is the ground that I retreat to, and I am lucky that my niece is a child of learning who enjoys reading.
She loves The Dangerous Alphabet. It is one of her Favourite Books, which means that soon enough she will not have to know how to read it, because she will have Memorized the thing from the repetition of her parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents reading and re-reading the book to her.
If this is not the kind of book that you want your child to read (I can't imagine why, do you not like children? Do you not believe in Whimsy?) then I would recommend that you get it anyway. You might not want your child reading it, but your child certainly will want to read it.
For those of you who enjoy such things, and would like a book that you can enjoy along with your child, then I heartily recommend this most Dangerous of Alphabets to you.
When I received the book and did the initial read through, I was worried. There are events in the book such as the usage of the letter "C" for "see" and the letter "U" for "you" that didn't sit well with me. Now I know it is hard to write an alphabet book with the letter U without forcing usage of the word umbrella, but the letter C? Come on! Also the letter W appears to happen before the letter V, something that just irked me. This book is decidedly macabre. Nonetheless, after some careful consideration of my son's book collection which includes scarier offerings such as "Where the Wild Things Are," I decided to plow ahead.
I would not have been surprised if he was scared, however he loved the book. He is at a point in his alphabet books where most of them bore him with their staccato approach, each letter, disconnected from the rest. There is a storyline here, about a pair of children who sneak off from the father with their pet gazelle and a treasure map to search for treasure in the dark underground city full of unscrupulous individuals. In the end, there is a happy ending. (This is a children's book, after all.) I have caught my son telling his own rendition of the tale to his toys. This is something that doesn't usually happen with alphabet books in our house.
We read this book at least five times in a row before we move on to something else, daily. He likes to snuggle up next to either us and have us read the book in that creepy voice normally reserved for campfires. My son's main gripe is that it's too short, as it is a quick read.Read more ›
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I normally find Gaiman entertaining, however I found this book dark and creepy...neither of my nieces (ages 6 and 8) liked it at all.Published 6 days ago by Denise
Love this book! My daughter in law had a lot of fun reading it to my granddaughter.Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
My kids (and my husband) absolutely LOVE this book! Definitely a nightly read for them. Neil Gaiman is, as always, amazing!Published 1 month ago by BerserkDisciple
The illustrations are a perfect match for Neil Gaiman's simple but slightly threatening poetry. It's certainly a perfect piece for any gothic children's book collection!Published 6 months ago by cbushnell
I checked this book out of a local library and I honestly am not sure what to think.
This book is very scary. Read more