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Paul Thurlby's Alphabet [Board book]


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Paul Thurlby graduated from the University of Buckinghamshire, England. His graphic style has gathered much attention and been featured in the Guardian, The Times, the Independent, the New Yorker and the Big Issue, and he is 2013's Bologna Ragazzi award winner. He lives in London.


PreS Up-Slick, retro-modern design and some cheeky vocabulary choices are the main appeal of this straightforward alphabet book. Each letter is showcased in upper- and lowercase font on the left-hand pages with backgrounds derived from recycled paper materials. Facing each one is an image in the shape of the letter along with the word it represents. The illustrations are complete with dog-eared edges that give the impression of having been salvaged from yard sales. Thurlby starts off with "A for Awesome!" and a snappy A-shaped boy with a perfect '50s part in his hair. Under "F for Fierce," F appears as a snarling lion. Some of the other notable entries include a G in graffiti style, a J-shaped saxophone played by a jazz cat in vintage duds, an S-shaped space station with a very '50s astronaut ray gun in hand, and a subway traveling underground through a U-shaped tunnel. Each letter is large and clearly distinguishable. Colors are vivid and the overall design is attractive. As a child's introduction to the alphabet and corresponding vocabulary, this is a serviceable addition. However, Thurlby's primary fans will be adults intent on applying an eye for haute design to the acquisition of their children's books and playthings. Order for large collections and for units on Pop Art history aimed at older students.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

pictures are packed with detail and are works of art - an imaginative book which children will find really stimulating to share with an adult. * parentsintouch *

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