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Alphabeasts by Wallace Edwards
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Alphabeasts

by Wallace Edwards

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Really really look at the details. The front page picture of the outside of the house includes tusks as columns on the portico, an elephant's foot as the base of a tower, and turrets finished in hides of giraffe, leopard, and zebra. Pretty creepy, if you ask me.... Many images reference a deck of playing cards; I wonder why....

I get a kick out of the Octopus changing the light bulb on a chandelier - pretty much the ideal critter for that job!

I think my favorite picture is for C is for Cat, who reflects on its self." I could see framing this, for sure. Most of the others are not as frame-worthy as most of the pix in the other books that I've enjoyed by Edwards. Well, except for the Quetzal arranging flowers, of course. Interestingly, the Swan is made to look clumsy.

Definitely a 'gimmick' book, really not helpful for tots learning their ABCs. But bewitching nonetheless." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
It's been done before, with more interesting action. This is pretty random, more interested in the rhyming than whether it makes a story or humor. Jaugar on a checkerboard patterened carpet in the same colors is most interesting. The rhino is poignant and well illustrated. X is for Xenosaur. ( )
  2wonderY | Dec 6, 2013 |
From a dreaming alligator to a bathing zebra, the mystical mansion featured in this creative picture book fills the reader with wonder, curiosity, and surprise. Framed as a classic alphabet tale (“A is for…”), this story is far from ordinary as each page reveals realistically portrayed animals in rather fantastical scenarios. Rhyme and repetition coalesce with alliteration and descriptive language to form simple, poetic verses that extend beyond the initial representation of animal and letter. Incredibly rich and detailed illustrations cleverly complement the text with multiple dimensions that unfold the longer one gazes upon the page. Irony, paradox, and humor are seamlessly crafted into both words and images, further enhancing the layers of meaning and interpretation. While young children will enjoy the unassuming simplicity of letters and lines paired with vivid depictions of uncommon creatures, adults will delight in wealth of hidden context and impeccably crafted artwork. ( )
  paulavev | Oct 22, 2012 |
These works of surreal art may be aimed at teaching youngsters their ABCs but visual learners will revel in the pictures, some with the stark simplicity of Andrew Wyeth's world, others with floral profusions worthy of Rembrandt. Some enterprising literary or art PhD candidate could do a thesis on the meaning of images such as a flying bat "slurping ice cream" while carrying a hefty hammer with his feet, or a framed picture of a single key, or the recurring theme of cards, particularly hearts. The pre-K bunch will probably simply revel in the colors, the intricacies, the way the leopard blends into the orange-and-black-checked carpet, and best of all the stylin' lion with a curled and braided mane. ( )
  wortklauberlein | Nov 1, 2010 |
A beautifully illustrated book using poetic language to depicting animals that correspond with the alphabet. Each colourfully, detailed illustration provides much opportunity for children to use their imagination while reading about the silly antics of the animals. The pages are written in rhyme making it lovely to read aloud.
  jesnikula | Sep 28, 2010 |
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"Animals from A to Z live together in a Victorian mansion. Edwards has created a bizarre world rich in texture and details. An engaging mix of art and alphabet book" Cf. Our choice, 2003.

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