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WILD ALPHABET by Dan Green Kirkus Star


An A to Zoo Pop-Up Book

by Dan Green, illustrated by Mike Haines, Julia Fröhlich

Age Range: 4 & up

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7534-6472-4
Publisher: Kingfisher

From Antelope to a Zebra-striped Z, 26 animals parade in alphabetical order. A short paragraph of descriptive text appears with a clear photograph or illustration of each animal, but the letters are the main event here. In crisp black and white, each block capital interacts in some ingenious way with a drawing of its animal. A Giraffe extends its neck from the G; a black Jaguar slinks from behind the J; a Rhinoceros reduces the R to rubble. X (a Xantus—a kind of hummingbird) rises gracefully from the fold in full X-crossed double relief, the body and wings of the bird exquisitely excised from within the letter. Most of the pop-up action is effected by the turn of the page, which should extend the book’s life beyond a normal pop-up’s. An elegant alphabet experience. (Pop-up. 4 & up)