A stylish animal alphabet book with illustrations created from the letters in each animal's name.
Bold color and simple yet striking graphics make a unique alphabet book that will appeal to readers of all ages. The Bembo typeface is one of the most elegant of the classic typefaces, and its clean, graceful lines inspired the artist to use the letters in a wholly new way. From antelope to zebra-with such exotic beasts as iguanas and narwhals in between-this menagerie of animals has been created with only the shapes of the letters in each animal's name. Children will have fun playing "I spy" with the letters in each picture, and adults will admire the sophisticated art and sleek design of this sumptuous book.
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Roberto De Vicq De Cumptich was born and raised in Brazil and now lives in New York City, where he is the creative director of a major publishing house. Mr. de Cumptich received his MFA in graphic design from the Pratt Institute. This is his first children's book.
Kindergarten-Grade 6-Just as Lois Ehlert created bestiaries from shapes in Color Zoo (1989) and Color Farm (1990, both HarperCollins), de Vicq de Cumptich fashions them from "roman letters of the Bembo font family," using the shapes of the letters in the names of animals to create their forms. Thus, the page for the fifth letter of the alphabet features an upper and lowercase "E" (rendered in bright orange), the spelling of the word "elephant," and an intricately designed pachyderm comprised of small and capital black letters that make up the word, some used repeatedly. The point size varies to suit the shape needed. Using a palette of black, brown, green, orange, and cream, the author achieves striking page designs by varying background and foreground color, the number of animals to a double-page spread, and placement. The effect is curiously like wrought iron, a conceit that the author plays with on the title page (the zoo's entrance). Children who know the alphabet will delight in discerning the animals and discovering the individual letters within the witty and elegant pages. Pair this with Leonard Everett Fisher's Alphabet Art (Four Winds, 1984), Jonathan Hunt's Illuminations (Bradbury, 1989), or David Pelletier's The Graphic Alphabet (Orchard, 1996) for further consideration of the forms and functions of letters.
Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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