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Alphabeasts by Wallace Edwards
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Nov 30, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: ifchildrensbookstheycanbecalled
Recommended for: The sighted. And, hell, even the blind.

ALPHABEASTS is a far cry from your average A-is-for-apple-I'm-so-bored-I-think-I'll-skip-learning-to-read-and-won't-you-kill-me-now alphabet book. Because in Wallace Edwards' head, K is for kingfisher, N is for narwhal and Q is for quetzal. (It should be pointed out that Z is still for zebra, but this zebra's in a bathtub, so there.) The language is clear and simple yet wholly unexpected and wry and strangely tender. "A is for Alligator, awake from a dream..." The illustrations are entrancing. And I was delighted, in particular, by the juxtaposition of all these animal almost-portraits being set inside a house. Great attention was paid to the representation of the details of the wallpaper, upholstery, floors, rugs, tapestries, crockery, as well as to the animals themselves. It is absurd and it is sublime.

Bought two copies, one to read and one to cut up. Framed a few and hung them above the fireplace. My favourite is "R is for Rhino, daydreaming for hours". That look.

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