Alphabeasties: And Other Amazing TypesAlphabeasties: And Other Amazing Typeswas created by graphic designers Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss. Each animal is ingeniously built out of the letter that starts their name, but in multiple typefaces. What a great way to talk about letters and design, with young children and older ones alike. Can you see the different As on the alligator on the cover?
by Sharon Werner and Sharon Forss
NY: Blue Apple Books, 2009
ages 3 - 12
They also teach us about different fonts. "An uppercase C and lower case c can be copycats. Some Cs choose to change." Down below, "Some Ss look similar to the number 5. These Ss are sans-serif: no feet or other added strokes."
The details on the pages are also creative concrete poetry forms, where the words form shapes that echo their meanings. On the S page, not only is the sheep created out of Ss, but the shape of scissors is made out of the word scissors.
I found this at a favorite independent bookstore, Kepler's in Menlo Park. You can also find it on Amazon. I'm guessing this has been more popular than the publisher anticpated. Even though it just came out in July, it's already back-ordered at the publisher. If you see it, snap it up!
Here are some other ABC books with zing. See my review from last winter here.