THE BIRTHDAY ABC by Eric Metaxas


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Age Range: 4 - 6
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 The text of this alphabet book makes a nice birthday gift, but the wrappings--the exquisitely crafted illustrations--are even better. Twenty-six dandily dressed critters (there is no animal for X, but the Lion has a scion) proclaim birthday greetings to lucky readers. The accompanying verses by Metaxas sometimes clank and rattle, but almost always play second fiddle to the drawings. ``O is for Orangutan,/who from a limb is seen to hang'' is awkward, but the ape's picture is worth its weight in words. Raglin (Pecos Bill, Picture Book Studio, 1991) shows a British influence: his impish humor and unstuffy formality are reminiscent of Tenniel or Graeme Base, though he does not possess the dynamism found in the latter's popular works. Readers with a knack for history can entertain themselves by trying to figure out the historical periods of the animals' elegant costumes. This bunch is a treat to behold. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-671-88306-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1995


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