Book review: An Artist’s Alphabet, by Norman Messenger

Messenger, Norman. An Artist’s Alphabet. Candlewick, 2016. $17.99. 48p. ISBN 978-0763681234. Ages 7+. P8Q10

messenger-artists-alphabetElegant and artistic, the muted pencil and watercolor illustrations use a variety of flora and fauna to illustrate both upper and lower case letters. For example, the book begins with an acrobat standing on a horse for the upper-case A and then curls up for the lower case letter. Most letters are given a two-page spread with the letter in a box on the page to show what the reader is searching. This is a book for people who already know their letters and want to immerse themselves in masterful designs. The Hokusai-like wave representing C introduced readers to the magic of the book.

Fall 2016 review by Nel Ward.

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