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Tuesday 12 April 2011

Review: Alphabet

There’s ABC books, and there’s ABC books. Then there’s Paul Thurlby’s latest board book for kids with 26 pages of A to Z… something that quite simply takes the C for CAKE!

I am totally in love all over again with Thurlby's work with his latest book. Part European pop culture poster, part 1950s US retro mania, this is some pretty hefty eye candy here for adults. And kids might just fall in love with it, too. Actually, prediction: they WILL fall in love with it, too.

Using full page representations of each letter of the alphabet, Thurlby treats us to his fabulous, visionary art, with some pretty cool wordage along the way - like karate, graffiti and jazz (as opposed to kitten, giraffe and jelly).

The only problem you may encounter upon purchase of this book is the overiding temptation to tear it to shreds, and line up the artwork on your kid's wall.

Nothing wrong with that, just remember to buy yourself two copies, as the pictures are back-to-back. And a third copy so you can still enjoy it in book form . . .

Wait on a minute . . . ! Thurlby is a multiple-purchase super genius! But honestly, three copies would be worth every cent. Iconic, timeless, collectible pop art for the kid in us all.

Title: Alphabet
Author/Illustrator: Paul Thurlby
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont, $14.95
Publication Date: April 2011
ISBN: 9781921759499
Format: Board Book
For ages: 0+
Type: Picture Book