by Christopher Franceschelli, art by Peskimo
published 2013, by Abrams Appleseed
This book. Swoon city. Hefty chunk of graphic design. Just as fascinating and fantastic for adults as well as the stubby fingers of the littles. “You’re never too old for picture books” is my constant battle cry at school. Let’s amend that a bit to “you’re never too old for board books.”
Because wow.Can you see what’s happening here? Each letter of the alphabet is given two thick spreads for the hint and the reveal. It’s a visual puzzle, linked by a die-cut of the hero letter. For real.Figuring it out is a satisfying read, and physically flipping the letterform for the answer is brilliant.Not only does the design feel fresh, but the alphabet choices are newfangled, too. I love S is for SCISSORS and the cut-out arts and crafts that accompany it. P is for PENCILS gets the lined paper treatment, scattered with sharpened pencil shavings. And thank goodness F is for FISH gives us a glimpse into an aquarium with its kooky accoutrements, and not the obvious deep blue sea scene.
(And any book that uses U is for UNDERWEAR is obviously a hands down favorite, too.)
Add this to your gift-list. Perfect for babes and art buffs alike. (And pretty much anyone who loves the alphabet.)
Review copy provided by Abrams Appleseed.