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Unruly Alphabet Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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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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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!
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