- Publisher: Harcourt, Brace; Reprint. edition (January 1, 1997)
- ASIN: B0041114WC
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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The Disappearing Alphabet
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What if there were no letter O?
You couldn't COME, you couldn't GO,
You couldn't ROVE, you couldn't ROAM,
And yet you couldn't stay at HOME!
Where would you be, had heaven not sent you
The letter O to orient you?
Each letter is portrayed on a single page, with verses ranging from two to twelve lines. Each verse is beautifully illustrated by David Diaz's exquisite and unexpected designs, such as a lovely banana with a disgusting eel instead of a peel (illustrating the importance of the letter "P"). Diaz's illustrations are stylized in intense, gradient, glowing colors. The illustrations each overlay a pale yellow version of the letter found somewhere in the background of the page. The type is treated with the same care as the illustrations, with the letter to which the verse is addressed set off in a bold, colorful, sans serif font. Younger children will enjoy the nonsense-like poetry and the playfulness of the language, while older children will discover new and unusual vocabulary words and find inspiration by the possibilities of language. The introduction exhorts children to protect the alphabet: "Be careful, then, my friends, and do not let / Anything happen to the alphabet." This book will offer children of all ages an appreciation of letters, words, and language.
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It is not good for the younger kids. They really need to be intermediate grades or higher. Sad, I usually like most books.Published on October 17, 2013 by Michelle Maddox
This book has its moments when it is clever and funny, but at other times it is puzzling and downright nerdy (particularly the bit when "Casseopeia" is randomly thrown in as a... Read morePublished on February 28, 2011 by Honorary Brit