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Alphablock BRDBK Edition
Contributor(s): Franceschelli, Christopher, Abrams, Harry N. (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1419709364     ISBN-13: 9781419709364
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Board Book
Published: August 2013
Annotation: "Features thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, creating a sort of peek-through guessing game around the letter form itself. As children interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words,but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alphabet books.
Toy and movable books; Specimens.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Concepts | Alphabet
Dewey: 428.1
LCCN: 2012047783
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Buildablock Die-cut
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 6.50" H x 5.50" W x 2.50" (1.25 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Christopher Franceschelli is a long-time publisher, editor, and creator of children’s books. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Peskimo is a husband-wife illustration and design team who lives in Bristol, UK. This is their first children’s book.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring)
In this inviting board book, the leading edge of each page is die-cut to form the shape of the highlighted letter, giving children something to touch and trace as the pages are turned to reveal an object beginning with the appropriate sound. Most items (apple, balloon) will be familiar to the audience; some (violin, yachts) are less familiar; and some (ice cream, underwear) are just fun.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 August #1)

Every letter gets a full two spreads in this chunky abecedarian, in which die-cut versions of the letters serve as alternating pages. Franceschelli uses the familiar "A is for..." construction, and the spreads provide visual clues about the conclusions to each sentence. On the D page, the tail end of a dog can be seen through the open center of a red capital D; turning the page reveals the dog in full, as it happily tracks muddy paw prints through a retro-chic room with checkered floor. The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package. Ages 1–4. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 October)

K-Gr 1—A high-concept alphabet book with appealing, retro-style illustrations. A pair of spreads is devoted to each letter. The recto is cut into the shape of an uppercase letter. Flip it and a new spread displays an item that starts with the given letter. Around the angles, holes, and curves of the letter readers get a peek of the image on the following page. Tracks and a puff of smoke hint at a train for letter "T," balls and a hand are the clues for "J is for juggler." Readers turn the page for the full image. Objects in the illustrations interact with the letter form in clever ways, such as an octopus's tentacle wrapping over the arc of the "O." Most of the featured items will be familiar to young readers. All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork.—Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK

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