ALPHABABIES by Kim Golding


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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A fresh look at the alphabet: Golding combines photographed baby heads and pudgy arms and legs with computer-generated costumes and virtual settings. Every page has a large letter with the featured word below it situated against a colorful and surreal backdrop of computer images. Inserted into this is a picture of a child engaged in a related activity or pose. Beneath every illustration is a bouncy rhyme using the particular letter and word: “C is a castle I built near the sea/D is a duck, a sailor like me.” Golding’s rhymes focus on common objects, effectively creating a balance to the imaginatively conceived illustrations; their execution, however, can be static, and when the proportions of the babies’ bodies are off, the results are disconcerting, at least to adults. Most children won’t notice, and will relish the jack-in-the-box, haughty queen, or exuberant band leader conducting an orchestra of violins. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-7894-2529-7
Page count: 30pp
Publisher: DK Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1998