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Bruno Munari's ABC Hardcover – March 16, 2006

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With so many alphabet books crowding bookstore shelves, what makes this 1960 reissue a standout? It's as simple as, well, ABC -- specifically, ABC's made kid-friendly by chunky black letters and clean-lined watercolors. Note the whimsical touches by Munari, a renowned graphic designer: A 'Vertical Violet Violin' spotlights the letter V, while a pesky fly buzzes from page to page until the book's conclusion, when it becomes 'a fly going Zzzz.' -Child Magazine

"[G]lorious....The crisp, clean lines make this a visual treat even for the very young..." The Horn Book Magazine
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 6th ed. edition (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811854639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811854634
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.5 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alphabet books remain the bane of children's librarians worldwide. Tons of these puppies come out every year. Sometimes they appeal to only certain demographics (like the racecar alphabet books, for example). Sometimes they're incredibly hip and modern and hold zippo interest for the children that they are (supposedly) intended for. Sometimes they're deathly dull affairs that offer nothing new or brilliant and sometimes they're so packed with brilliance that it's difficult to remember what the book's initial importance was in the first place. Step back in time then and view the 1960 creation, "Bruno Munari's ABC". Created by an author/illustrator that, "began his career by exhibiting with the second Futurist movement" in Italy (or so his bookflap says), Munari was an excellent graphic designer in his day. And he gave the world this ABC book, one that remains so incredibly popular that it has appeared on the New York Public Library's "100 Pictur Books Everyone Should Know" for 2004. It's a thick sturdy affair, with pages that would take more than the mere strength of toddlers to tear. More importantly, in spite of its very basic design and concept (showing objects that begin with each letter presented) it remains beautiful to look at and interesting to read.

Your first image in this book is of a luscious orange/red apple sitting in a white space. On its stem crawls a realistically rendered black ant with the only words on the page, "an Ant on an Apple". Then you turn the page to a full double spread of a brilliant Blue Butterfly. It's a deep royal blue, but of a shade that brings to mind deep pockets of the ocean and long shadows late in the day. Munari uses watercolors to their fullest in this book.
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I like the illustrations and how colourful they are. I do read this to my son and he seems to enjoy it, the only drawback is that some of the words are a little obscure. I am still debating whether to get Munari's illustrated zoo book too.
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I bought this book for my 5 yr old grandson after reading about it in Dwell Magazine. It's large, beautifully illustrated with a lot of fun words. He especially likes the watermelon in a wagon with wooden wheels.
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This is a beautiful, unusual children's book (as the other reviewer details). My son loves it, though he isn't allowed to read it on his own... I hope to preserve it for future generations...
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