Great Illustrated Books


By Marion Bataille

Roaring Brook Press, 2008
Pages : 36
Suggested Ages: ALL AGES
ISBN: 9781596434257

Here's a spectacular addition to your alphabet collection, a chunky little pop-up book with a graphically thrilling rendering of each letter of the alphabet. No A is for apple here; each letter is its own celebration. The first clue is the holographic cover; depending on how you tilt the book, it's a big A, B, C, or D. Open to the first endpaper, and, against a solid flat black page, a heavystock 3-D white A pops up from the center. The next page is stark white, with a vertical bar of 15 thin red lines. Open the page all the way, and out slide two half circles made up of those same red lines to form the rest of the letter B. On the third page, a red letter C flips over to show a D on the other side. Turning each page feels like opening a little present and finding a surprise; when you finish, you'll want to go though it all over again. Who knew the alphabet was such a work of art?

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Lobel, Arnold. On Market Street. Greenwillow, 1981.

MacDonald, Suse. Alphabatics. Simon & Schuster, 1986.

Pelletier, David. The Graphic Alphabet. Orchard, 1996.

Sabuda, Robert. The Christmas Alphabet. Scholastic, 2004.

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Critics have said

An absolute delight.
As stylish as a pop-up can be. Letters here not only pop up, they move and transform... A-plus for drama and innovation. All ages.
Publishers Weekly
Beyond clever, it's a whole new way for young learners to see both the connections and differences as well as for adults to rediscover the magic that lurks below the everyday.
The Washington Post