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Unruly Alphabet Hardcover – November 9, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613053
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,853,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Unruly Alphabets, illustrator Aaron McKinney uses the sequence of the Latin alphabet to create a lively and haunting abecedary. The restless glyphs tangle and spar with one another, setting the stage for scenes where, for instance, "E is erased, while F takes flight" and "G is gored, which makes H hurl." McKinney renders the scenes with macabre detail and sinister wit, and the accompanying captions hum with gallows humor. Unruly Alphabets is truly an alphabet book like no other, for the brooding child in every adult.

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Aaron McKinney was born in Great Yarmouth, England. He was fortunate enough to spend his childhood scattered across the world from Scotland to Indonesia to Egypt. He attended Ringling College of Art and Design where he received a BFA in Illustration. Aaron's artwork combines a childlike fixation on funny creatures and odd hybrids with a peculiar, nightmarish monumentalism. Bold colors and watercolored, color block backgrounds frame the pieces, while fairytale-ish spotlights illuminate key players. But the key is the absolute believability of his completely fantastical, fabricated reality. His artwork has appeared in numerous publications and galleries throughout the United States and abroad. Aaron lives and works in Atlanta with his beautiful and inspiring wife Jen and their two children, Jude and Lola.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Artist Aaron McKinney has taken a thought and made a book rich in experimentation as well as an entertaining way to learn the alphabet...for youngsters with a penchant for the bizarre! In the short preface (and thankfully the book relies solely on art instead of articulation) McKinney states 'I've always been interested in etymology. The way words, a human constructed concept, play off one another to somehow convey thought and expression in our minds fascinates me. With that thought in mind, I decided to strip language down to its most primitive form, the alphabet. To make it interesting, I anthropomorphized each letter with some of humanity's most common, despicable traits. With each letter playing off the next, the end result is the alphabet, a pretty inorganic and deliberate thing made barbarically human.'

What follows, then, are pages each devoted to a single letter in the alphabet but continuing a discourse established by the preceding one as in A was arrested,.....while B bit bullets. The artwork is beautifully executed, incorporating the human face or body part into each letter. The art is a bit nightmarish in an entertaining way. McKinney uses acrylic images and ink-washed backgrounds that set off every page so well that each could be a stand-alone painting. But then that would defeat the purpose of this etymological journey! Super book. Grady Harp, May 11
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SarahJayn Kemp on April 27, 2011
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I can tell you first-hand that kids love The Unruly Alphabet. I am a school teacher of older children (5th grade) who have a lot of varied learning disabilities. The books that are on their level academically don't really match up with their interests socially. The Unruly Alphabet is different. The drawings are captivating and great scaffolding for kids who need that visual input. The vocabulary is rich and diverse.
If you have a population that can handle a little dark humor (know your kids!), The Unruly Alphabet is a must have.
Aaron McKinney is one of my absolute favorite illustrators - so glad he's going into children's books!
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Format: Hardcover
really fantastic art work, grotesque and awful in blackly funny but none the less joyful way, there is an almost decadent wallowing in these grand images of our unruly and twisted nature, real proper horror show!
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By caryn-c on April 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book at the museum store and just fell in love with its unique idea, creativity - with a bit of morbidity mixed in! May scare the kiddos!
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By J.L.M. on March 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the most amazing alphabet book! The illustrations are so neat and the play on the alphabet is hilarious!! Not your typical alphabet book! Great conversation starter/coffee table book. Anyone who appreciates art and humor will love this book!
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