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Paul Thurlby's Alphabet

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  148 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Discover an alphabet like no other!

In his first picture book, graphic artist Paul Thurlby presents a stunning alphabet that helps to make the shape of each letter memorable. From an awesome A to a zippy Z, this is the perfect ABC book for the young and hip.
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Templar (first published July 1st 2011)
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Sep 28, 2011 Christine rated it it was amazing
I debated over 4 stars and 5 stars. I need a 4 1/2 option because I'm not sure this is "amazing" but I personally liked it more than one really. This alphabet book contains some of the usual suspects like "D for Dog" and "X for X-Ray." It also has some less typical choices like "E for Embrace." The accompanying retro-style illustrations are very well done and pretty cool.
Oct 21, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it
eclectic, energetic alphabet book selections (a for awesome! / r for rabbit / y for yoga) linked by mid-century design.
Edward Sullivan
Sep 29, 2011 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alphabet-books
Jessica Harrison
Oct 28, 2011 Jessica Harrison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, picture
Review via Cracking the Cover
The alphabet has so been done. Or has it? There are hundreds of alphabet books available, but none of them are quite like “Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet.”

Thurlby, who is a graphic artist, brings a new look to letters with his bold illustrations. The artist says he’s inspired by mid-century design and illustration, and that definitely shows in what he describes as “retro-modern” work.

A really is for Awesome when it comes to this book. The images are fun and colorful and hav
Although this alphabet book contains the typical Dog and X-ray, it also surprises with Fierce and Trapeze. Each letter is integrated into the illustrated object or action, and yes, there is a lot of action. Many of the illustrations also have unexpected surprises, like the road sign beside the Island telling how far away the letter J is, or the single leg on the Q as the "missing" leg presumably gets sucked down into Quicksand.

ESL students can benefit from the simplicity and predictability of al
Jun 08, 2016 Leslie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books, abc
I was looking for a good alphabet book (why is it that baby toys only include up to "D"?!!) and I found 2 great ones. Paul Thurlby's book is fun for both of us. Each page has a beautiful illustration of the letter in action. Some of my favorites are: J for jazz has the J as a saxophone being played, K for karate where the K is the body of the martial artist, and Q for quicksand where the letter Q is a person sinking.

The bold colors capture the attention of my 2.5 month old, but the cleverness o
Ryan Dreier
Jan 26, 2013 Ryan Dreier rated it really liked it
Paul Thurby is the Author and Illustrator for this book.
In picking out a book this one grabbed my interest due to it's style and in part the letters were easily identifiable. On the recto side each letter is printed in both uppercase and lowercase, and on the verso page Thurlby illustrates a letter into the word that it represents in a "retro-modern" style. Reminds me of many illustrations that can be purchased on istockphoto. Thurlby does provide notes at the back of the book of how the projec
Nov 05, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I already know my alphabet but I can't resist a picture book with beautiful illustrations. The author and illustrator put a lot of thought into the word he used for each letter 'fusing the object of the word with the shape of the letter'. For instance, E is for Embrace and the illustration shows two capital E's embracing. Very clever! Give this a look-see the next time your in a bookstore or library.
British graphic artist Paul Thurlby puts forth a compelling alphabet book that my preschoolers love. They see themselves reflected in the pages ("I play soccer!" "My sister does Karate!" "I'm awesome!" "My coat has a zipper!"), they love that they can "read" most of the pages with little or no adult support, and they learn a few new words and cultural concepts in its pages (graffiti, trapeze, the underground). A lovely addition to the classroom library.
Green Bean
Nov 06, 2011 Green Bean rated it it was amazing
Paul Thurlby's new ABC book is retro and rad! Old-school sign art honors the timeless 26. "My alphabet needed to be different from the many versions around," said Thurlby, "so I decided to pursue the challenge of fusing the object of the world with the shape of the letter." V is for Viscous and U is for Underground are among our favorites!
The Paul Thurlby's Alphabet would be a great addition to a collection of alphabet concept books for a K or first grade classroom. The book displays uppercase and lowercase letters as well as a word that starts with the letter. The pages are engaging as well as the illustrations. The letters are shaped like the word that is written which makes for great design!
Nov 26, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
Nostalgic feeling bold print illustrations. New and wide-ranging selection of words. The letter is incorporated in the illustration of the word chosen to represent the letter. I'm not a fan of alphabet books usually, but this is deceptively simple, boldly graphic and original.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 08, 2012 Randie D. Camp, M.S. rated it really liked it
Paul Thurlby has transformed the alphabet into 26 letter characters shaped by items starting with the letter or performing an act starting with that letter. The retro-modern art makes this alphabet book unique.
Dec 17, 2013 Gps rated it really liked it
not your conventional alphabet book…each letter often tells a story..and some are fun to puzzle your way through. i liked E for Embrace, and Y for Yoga.
also i liked that the letters on the opposite page are in uppercase and lowercase.
lots of fun to read and re-read.
Sep 10, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing
Great illustrations in this book. The thought that went across my mind over and over again as I read this was, this would be a great book to buy if you wanted to frame the alphabet. Other than that, the story portion was predictable. I'm giving it 5 based on illustrations only.
Dec 21, 2011 Paula rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-school, toddler, abc

In his first picture book, graphic artist Paul Thurlby presents a stunning alphabet that helps to make the shape of each letter memorable. From an awesome A to a zippy Z, this is the perfect ABC book for the young and hip.
Oct 15, 2011 Nancy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Super pleasing -- letter by letter, and altogether. Full of the gritty pops and scratches of analog (and it's okay with me if it's a re-created analog).
Aug 13, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Thank you, Julie, for recommending this to me! I love it! Paul Thurlby's style is both retro and modern, and his alphabet has the letters taking the form of their subjects, making it unique and fun.
Jan 07, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary
Illustrations are engaging even to adult readers! Words associated with each letter are unique yet remain accessible to young children.
Alice Gold
Nov 21, 2012 Alice Gold rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-toddler
Love the uniqueness of the illustrations. The pictures made the alphabet all the more interesting from a visual standpoint instead of a phonics point of view.
Jul 06, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
A very easy to read alphabet book. LOVE the artwork. I want a poster of each letter to hang in my home!
Dec 22, 2012 Janie rated it liked it
Shelves: abcs, design
This seemed like it was fun to make! Imagining the processes and creation was even more enjoyable than admiring the outcome.
Amy Rae
Dec 29, 2013 Amy Rae rated it liked it
On the one hand, the art is really fun. On the other hand, I found it overwhelming and busy about ten letters in. I didn't really feel like finishing the rest of it, but I did.
Dec 31, 2011 Margie rated it it was amazing
For a collector of alphabet books like myself, this just had to make it's way to my shelves.
Jun 10, 2014 Zatika rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-bcbkk
Geek-themed alphabet books aside, hands down, this is the coolest alphabet book I've ever read. B for brilliant!
Lizzie Lees
Mar 10, 2016 Lizzie Lees rated it it was amazing
I really love Thurlby's sense of graphics and illustration mark-making. A very fresh approach and a delight to page through.
Oct 12, 2012 jo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Easily the coolest retro alphabet book I've seen. If you are looking for a gift for hipster parents, look no further.
Dec 31, 2011 Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: all-ages
Love the retro feel to this picture book. Also like that the word choices are sometimes unique. This would be a great gifting book, or good to use in an art class.
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Oct 09, 2012 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
It starts with "A is for Awesome".

Yes, I loved it.

Even more importantly, the kids really liked it.
Dean Duncan
Dean Duncan rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2014
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Paul Thurlby graduated from University of Buckinghamshire and became a full-time illustrator, whose graphic style is instantly recognizable. He is a regular contributor to many publications, including THE GUARDIAN, THE TIMES, THE INDEPENDENT, and THE BIG ISSUE. Paul Thurlby lives in England.
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