November 2nd, 2009
A Stylish Read for Beastie Boys and Girls
Arty alphabet book shows animals like you’ve never seen
It’s never too early to get kids to appreciate good design, so why not start them off with their very first alphabet book. Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types is a wildly original take on the old “G is for Giraffe” stand-by. Illustrated and designed by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss (of design firm Werner Design Works), the 56-page book is a charming collection of animals made entirely out of letters.
Chronicle Books’ website has more details:
“From an alligator made of aaa’s to a zebra made of zzz’s, the alphabeasties in this book are ingeniously built out of multiple typefaces. Adults and children will be engaged and delighted with the flaps, which lift to reveal “beasties” for each letter of the alphabet.”
The only problem is that it’s not always easy to spot the Alphabeasties out in the wild. Since its introduction a few months ago, the book quickly sold out of its first printing. More are coming soon, but serious book collectors might want to pick up two copies: one for your little reader, and another for the coffee table.