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Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

by Sharon Werner and Sarah Foss

Alphabeasties

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Overview

From an alligator made of A's to a zebra made of Z's, the alphabeasties in this book are ingeniously built out of multiple typefaces. Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss's best-selling book is the recipient of many awards, including a Parents' Choice Silver Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Best Books Award, and New York Book Show Merit Award. Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types offers kids a wondrous and witty way to look at--and learn--the ABC's.

Editorial Review

Publisher's Weekly STARRED REVIEW:

No ordinary abecedarian, this typographical trip will wow design fans and suggest creative projects with letterforms. The book's introduction speaks affectionately of typefaces just like people, they look different and have different personalities before embarking on a thrilling spin through the alphabet. The first spread presents an alligato's silhouette, made up of capital and lowercase As, as the repeated word algae forms green strands around it. A bat shaped from gothic Bs holds vampire connotations; tall, skinny Gs evoke the height of a giraffe that hides behind leafy, vertical folds; and breathless italic Rs make a rabbit seem poised to leap. Werner and Forss, a debuting team of graphic designers, devote page borders to extra wordplay: a C becomes the curved back and tail of a cat, a K s extended foot kicks a soccer ball, a cursive L is a lasso and rounded Ps nestle in a pod. Innovations arrive several to a page, rewarding repeat visits and encouraging readers to muse on the power of type and all that letters and words can imply or insinuate.

A Parents’ Choice Silver Award Winner
Type Director’s Club 56 Award Winner
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Best Books Award
New York Book Show Merit Award/Children’s Trade

About The Author/Artist

Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in St Paul, Minnesota, which has garnered many graphic design awards, as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musee De La Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. You can visit them online at www.wdw.com.

Details

Jacketed Hardcover with fold-outs. For Ages 4 and up.

Price

USA 19.99 | Canada 22.99

ISBN Number

978-1934706-78-7

On Sale Date

2009-07-29