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The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman

The Dangerous Alphabet (original 2008; edition 2008)

by Neil Gaiman, Gris Grimly (Illustrator)

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Title:The Dangerous Alphabet
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Other authors:Gris Grimly (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2008), Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Picture Books, Your library
Tags:hardcover, first edition

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The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman (2008)

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The alphabet book gets the Neil Gaiman/Gris Grimly treatment in this entertaining little tome. "A is for Always, that's where we embark; / B is for Boat, pushing off in the dark" - and so begins the rhyming narrative of this alphabet adventure story, as a boy and girl navigate a creepy underground river, encountering every sort of monster imaginable, until they emerge again at the end. Or rather, at Z...

Pairing an entertaining read-aloud text in rhyme and deliciously gruesome artwork, The Dangerous Alphabet is a picture-book in the truest sense. Gris Grimly's illustrations are an intrinsic part of the narrative - without them, most of the story would remain untold, as the boy and girl (along with their intrepid gazelle) pass through many adventures whose true reality is only partially captured (if at all) by the text. Although I wouldn't describe this one as a personal favorite, I did enjoy it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for fun and rather frightening alphabet books, as well as to Neil Gaiman and/or Gris Grimly fans. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jan 16, 2018 |
This is a great book for teaching and reinforcing the alphabet for youngsters. This book also rhymes. The illustration is fabulous and very detailed. A fun activity after reading this book would be to have the students write their own book starting with each of the 26 letters in the alphabet.
  AshleyTimonen | Mar 12, 2017 |
I loved the art! The writing that goes along with each letter was very rhythmic and fun as well.
  KelseySchroeder | Apr 24, 2016 |
Author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Gris Grimly bring to life picture book 'The Dangerous Alphabet,' which features a girl, a boy, and a gazelle. The three adventurers follow a treasure map that Gaiman gives directions to riches using letters of the alphabet. But the alphabet can spell out dangers for those that embark on this quest. ( )
  Jtreed | Mar 23, 2016 |
A macabre picture book of dangerous experiences that a pair of children go through. The artwork is strange and unsettling, which I like. I think it is suitable for children to experience all emotions while reading, not just the positive ones. ( )
  murandapatanda | Mar 14, 2016 |
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A piratical ghost story in thirteen ingenious but potentially disturbing rhyming couplets, originally conceived as a confection both to amuse and entertain by Mr. Neil Gaiman, scrivener, and then doodled, elaborated upon, illustrated, and beaten soundly by Mr. Gris Grimly, etcher and illuminator, featuring two brave children, their diminutive but no less courageous gazelle, and a large number of extremely dangerous trolls, monsters, bugbears, creatures, and other such nastinesses, many of which have perfectly disgusting eating habits and ought not, under any circumstances, to be encouraged.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060783338, Hardcover)

A is for Always, that's where we embark . . .

Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.

Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?

The Dangerous Alphabet is a tale of adventure, piracy, danger, and heroism told in twenty-six alphabetical lines—although even the alphabet is not to be relied upon here. A delightfully dangerous journey from national bestselling author Neil Gaiman and the monstrously talented Gris Grimly, The Dangerous Alphabet is sure to captivate and chill young readers.

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As two children and their pet gazelle sneak out of the house in search of treasure, they come across a world beneath the city that is inhabited with monsters and pirates.

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