Almost An Animal Alphabet

Almost An Animal Alphabet

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For fans of Bruno Munari's Zoo and Andrew Zuckerman's Creature ABC, Almost an Animal Alphabet is a quirky combination of alphabet and (almost) animal book, introducing young children to the letters of the alphabet via a collection of appealingly drawn critters. With a gently humorous sensibility and a unique illustrative style, Almost an Animal Alphabet is a perfect choice for pre-readers who love animals.

* Why is it called Almost An Animal Alphabet ? There are actually 21 animals, 1 extinct animal, 3 non-animals (for N, U, and X), and 1 imaginary animal (for Y--can you guess? It's a yeti.)
* Alphabet books are perennial sellers, popular with parents and as gifts--this one is distinguished by its simple, elegant style and the quirky emotional appeal of the animals   * Katie's art has a textural quality and an artisanal feeling that is enhanced by the matte paper-over-board cover of  Almost an Animal Alphabet,  making this a great gift for design-obsessed parents and possibly cross-over to non-parents who like the art
Publisher: New York : POW!, a division of powerHouse Packaging & Supply, Inc., 2010.
Copyright Date: Katie Viggers,, ©2010.
ISBN: 9781576876435
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations,,23 cm.


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ksoles Jun 25, 2014

No matter how comprehensive, no animal alphabet book can include all the world's creatures. Perhaps that explains Katie Viggers's intriguing title, "Almost an Animal Alphabet." Or perhaps Viggers refers to the fact that each letter does not represent an animal; N is for "night time" and U is for "underground." Regardless, both this whimsical book and it's title encourage the reader to use his/her imagination. In its open-ended style, the book names an animal to match each letter and then illustrates several different species of that animal. The "O is for Owl" page, for example, features six types of owl but how many more exist? And in which parts of the world do these different owls live? Pages like the aforementioned "N is for night time" further spark the imagination. How many nocturnal animals can you name?

"Almost an Animal Alphabet" also delights the senses. It has a lovely, suede-smooth surface and the illustrations look as if the artist has painted them on wood with a soft yet harmonized colour palette. Finally, one highlight remains at the end of the book: a map on the back cover that identifies the habitats of all animals mentioned. Truly a unique take on the often hackneyed alphabet book.

May 27, 2014

A lovely picture book with beautiful illustrations. It's much much better than your average alphabet book. Imaginative and informative, for the letter 'F' it shows different species of fox rather than a generic one alone. Red fox has a coat and pipe and the Tibetan fox a walking stick. The book has wonderful added extras throughout I especially like the map showing which part of the world the featured animals come from.

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