Author: Krans, Kim
Drawings of creatures and natural wonders introduce the letters of the alphabet.
School Library Journal (00/02/16)
Booklist (+) (12/15/15)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 12/15/2015 *Starred Review* This stunning wordless alphabet book will be a joy for old and young to enjoy together. Pages and spreads feature large-scale letters in uppercase surrounded by unlabeled images in artistic arrangements. Adults will appreciate the design and the washes of watercolor in Krans’ intricate black-and-white pen-and-ink art. Children, meanwhile, will be fascinated by the beautifully rendered objects that Krans cleverly includes in each spread. Some are easy to identify, such as an apple, arrow, and ant for A; others will spark discussion. D is for dog, and that dog is a Dalmatian surrounded by dandelions, dragonflies, and diamonds. Look close: the quail pictured in the quilted Q is a queen. A mouse admires his handsome whiskers in the mirrored M. Wondering why the unicorn (U) is pictured upside down? Oh, yes! Ah-ha moments abound in this imaginative abecedary. And if little ones are stumped by the trickier objects (russet-colored hinges, for instance, nestled in the crease between H and I), they can test whether or not they have caught all the tricks by comparing their responses with the key provided on the last spread. An exceptionally well-executed, gorgeously illustrated alphabet book full of delightful surprises. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Artistic pages and layouts carry readers through each capital letter of the alphabet in this visually engaging, wordless picture book. Drawn in bold black lines with rich washes of color, each spread features a letter with appropriate, but unlabeled, objects surrounding it in a striking still life. An apple perches atop the bold, argyle-patterned "A" and is struck through by arrows. The scene is crawling with ants. Each letter commands attention, and the closer readers look, the more there is to notice and recognize by first letter association. Each letter stands for a varying number of things on the page, but two letters have only one: X is an X-ray, and Y is tangled with yarn. Discoveries range from obvious to quite challenging, but there is a key to each letter in the back. The rich imagery and smart page design make this alphabet book a pleasure to spend time enjoying. VERDICT This visual treat encourages careful observation for those youngsters beginning to explore alphabet word games and first letter sounds.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.