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Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing Types

by Sharon Werner

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Alphabeasties is an alphabet book that goes beyond A is for Apple. It explores the world of letters and typeface, it highlights the cool and amazing things you can do with letters besides just making words with them. It is a wonderful choice for a slightly older picture book reader, or families with kids who span ages/interests. The older kids will enjoy the intricate and creative depictions, they might spot that on the F page the fishing line is made of the words fishing line all in a line until it gets the hook, then it says fishinghookfishinghook right into the F fish’s mouth! While younger kids will benefit from the A is for Alligator B is for Bat structure. Not to mention that typophile parents will totally geek out with all the cool, and surprisingly well suited, typeface. ( )
  Anna.Nash | Mar 17, 2014 |
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  melodyreads | Oct 13, 2013 |
"Blocky or small, / thick or tall, / Roundish, slope-y, / Fancy, or dopey, / Letters look different in all different places, / That's because they have different typefaces!"

And so begins the preface to this most unusual alphabet-book, which is really a love-song to typography. Each of the twenty-six "alphabeasties" in Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss' book is made up of letters. The zebra, seen on the front cover, is composed entirely of Zs in "American Typewriter." The hippopotamus is entirely made up of lower and upper case Hs in "Helvetica Rounded." Each letter of the alphabet, in addition to having its own "letter-beast," is shown in a number of different types, with observations on their character: "This lower-case g has a tail that grins." "This r is really straight."

With an appealing color scheme that runs toward blues and greens (although an occasional red does slip through), fold-out pages that allow for larger depictions (check out the octopus!), and a playful engagement with the typeface itself, Alphabeasties is another winner from the independent publisher, Blue Apple Books. Although very young children may find the talk of type rather confusing, older children who already know their ABCs can learn a lot from this one! So can their elders, if it comes to that... ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 18, 2013 |
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A fun alphabet for first, maybe second grade and up. The nifty artwork is made up partially or entirely out of letters in different fonts. The book gives some of the font names at the end of the book, but uses many more. The text uses a fantastic set of adjectives as well. Kids will definitely see more and more use of varied fonts online as well as in print, and will have access to those fonts in word processing programs and for downloading from the internet. Alphabeasties sends a good message - a writing's message is more than just the words. The font (and other layout elements) evoke feeling also. (Another good message- An "a" is not an "a" is not an "a" - to be literate in today's world, you need to be able to recognize far more forms of each letter than ever before!) Read for Bookstore/Library Explore assignment
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From an alligator made of aaa's to a zebra made of zzz's, the alphabeasties in this book are ingeniously built out of multiple typefaces. Adults and children will be engaged and delighted with the flaps, which lift to reveal 'beasties' for each letter of the alphabet.… (more)

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