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ABC Hardcover – April 13, 2006
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“This sturdy tome with vintage-inspired aesthetic does double duty as an alphabet primer and baby’s first lesson in style.”
"Matthew has done it again with his ABC book... and with some nice surprises like..."V is for Vole! I especially love that the paintings allow some of the wood to show through the paint...it kind of adds a little cheekiness to the term board book."
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Here Come the ABCs - Matthew Porter's stunner will mesmerize both you and your child with simple text and gorgeous acrylic animal paintings on wood grain.
From the Author
Matthew Porter is an Englishman abroad. Originally from a tiny village in the south of England he now reside across the pond in the lovely city of Seattle. A children's book illustrator and author his stories and imagery present the perfect balance of nostalgia with modern elegance. Matthew's illustrations are hand drawn and painted on wood. Then lightly sanded so some of the grain shows through. This gives them a worn folk art aesthetic. Matthew has been called the undisputed king of the hipster board book genre. Find out more at matthewporterart.com
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This book is in the latter category for our now 2.5 year old, who has had it for about a year and a half or so, and still enjoys it a few times a week at naptimes and bedtime.
It's nice reading to your kid the letters and the animals' names, you can establish a nice rhythm. And even though we don't really know what an Uakari or a Quokka is, the pictures are still nice, and it's fun to be silly reading those silly names.
The artwork is really original, which in my view, is the book's selling point. These are not literaly renderings National Geographic style, but rather interpretations of animals, instantly recognizable, yet quite cleverly and uniquely drawn. One of the nicest aspects of this book is that it's both a traditional ABC book and a compilation of artwork at the same time!
It's quite sturdily built, too! Nice thick boardbook-style pages, with a sturdy binding. Guaranteed to last! Highly recommended.
I loved it so much that I went out and bought the original "F is for Fox" painting. The entire book is based off of his popular alphabetical series where he paints the acrylic painting and then sands off the texture to leave a shiny worn look like a well-used building block.
This book is the perfect baby-shower gift. Visit his gallery on your next trip to Seattle.
the example for the letter "q" is "quokka". quokka????? what the hell is that? according to wikipedia "its roaming is restricted to a very small range in the South-West of Western Australia". great!!!! so most people will never even see one outside with their child. i couldn't even tell what kind of animal it was by the illustration. as a matter of fact the illustration style makes some animals look indistinguishable from other completely different animals. how about "quail" for "q" matthew? at least i can point to one and tell my kid what it is.
i'm glad i got this book for free so when it is eventually destroyed by my daughter i won't feel that a good book was needlessly destroyed.