The urban landscape will never look the same again As Stephen T Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can contain the letter A while lampposts alongside a highway can form a row of elegant, soaring Ys ACaldecott Honor book, this sophisticated, wordless alphabet book is sure to appeal to young and old alike


10 thoughts on “Alphabet City

  1. Calista Calista says:

    This is another alphabet book and I have to say that there have been many recently in the Caldecott list and I was dreading this Yet, I really enjoyed reading this It is slightly different than what we have seen previously Stephen did a fantastic job with this wordless beginning book He painted these scenes of a city, but it looks like pictures of a city He finds natural structures that create a letter of the alphabet naturally It s fun to see the pictures and instantly understand that it This is another alphabet book and I have to say that there have been many recently in the Caldecott list and I was dreading this Yet, I really enjoyed reading this It is slightly different than what we have seen previously Stephen did a fantastic job with this wordless beginning book He painted these scenes of a city, but it looks like pictures of a city He finds natural structures that create a letter of the alphabet naturally It s fun to see the pictures and instantly understand that it is also a letter I love his T , E , and F Well B was pretty cool too I m very impressed with this and it does change your perspective of the city we live in and what makes it up It was so much fun.The niece and nephew both got into this as they saw the letters and it blew their mind like it did mine We play the ABC game in the car where you find words with the next letter of the alphabet They want to see if we can play this game of finding the letter in a structure somehow The niece had fun with this and she gave it 4 stars The nephew thought this was amazing and he gave it 5 stars


  2. Mir Mir says:

    This would be of especial interest to New Yorkers, as all the sites used as letters seem to be there, but it could also be used as the basis for fun educational activities like making a similar project in your own area i.e finding the letters in your surroundings.Johnson is a fine realist painter So fine, in fact, that it quickly occurred to me that he could just as well have used photographs and saved himself a ton of work Seems like the effect would have been pretty much the same But her This would be of especial interest to New Yorkers, as all the sites used as letters seem to be there, but it could also be used as the basis for fun educational activities like making a similar project in your own area i.e finding the letters in your surroundings.Johnson is a fine realist painter So fine, in fact, that it quickly occurred to me that he could just as well have used photographs and saved himself a ton of work Seems like the effect would have been pretty much the same But here speaks a lazy person, and one who enjoys photography presumably the author wanted to paint I ll definitely have a look forof his work


  3. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    As someone who although generally and mostly rathertextual than visual often does tend to visualise, to locate, multiple different images within given works of art, I massively enjoy Stephen T Johnson s Alphabet City and while a select few of the depicted urban alphabet images could be, perhaps, a bit difficult to easily discern, most are actuallythan readily identifiable as specific letter shapes That being said, I would not necessarily consider Alphabet City as a suitable too As someone who although generally and mostly rathertextual than visual often does tend to visualise, to locate, multiple different images within given works of art, I massively enjoy Stephen T Johnson s Alphabet City and while a select few of the depicted urban alphabet images could be, perhaps, a bit difficult to easily discern, most are actuallythan readily identifiable as specific letter shapes That being said, I would not necessarily consider Alphabet City as a suitable tool for actually teaching younger children their letters, but as an alphabet review for older children, Alphabet City should likely work great, providing both a fun and engaging letter review, whilst at the same time also presenting much artistic food for thought namely that letter images, that different object contours, can often be found in multiple areas and environments, and that especially modern metropolises with their many buildings, industrial constructs and machines are literally teeming with discoverable images.As to the illustrations themselves, they are simply brilliant and well deserving of the Caldecott Honour designation for illustrator author Stephen J Johnston While I realise that Johnson s individual urban letter images are actually paintings, the amount of minute and specific depicted detail almost makes one think that the painted images are actually photographs on their own, the illustrations would probably be almost a bit too photographic for my personal tastes, but as an urban alphabet book, they are simply and utterly outstanding in every way


  4. Amy Amy says:

    I don t know why I keep checking out alphabet books for the kids I guess I m hoping to reinforce the alphabet for my nephew, but it is rare that the kids really get excited over these kind of books This one was no exception My nephew was supremely bored by this book, so he barely even looked at it As for my niece, the kids in her class have been learning about book awards when they have library day, so lately she s been on the look out for Caldecott winners or Caldecott Honor books After we I don t know why I keep checking out alphabet books for the kids I guess I m hoping to reinforce the alphabet for my nephew, but it is rare that the kids really get excited over these kind of books This one was no exception My nephew was supremely bored by this book, so he barely even looked at it As for my niece, the kids in her class have been learning about book awards when they have library day, so lately she s been on the look out for Caldecott winners or Caldecott Honor books After we finished this one she exclaimed, How is that book a Caldecott I guess this was just another meh alphabet book for them


  5. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    If your child knows their alphabet, they ll enjoy trying to find the hidden letters in each picture Ages 4 6 Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book, so you ll know just how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up your book before reading it Visit my website If your child knows their alphabet, they ll enjoy trying to find the hidden letters in each picture Ages 4 6 Like my reviews I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too These reports give a complete break down of everything in the book, so you ll know just how clean it is or isn t I also have Clean Guides downloadable PDFs which enable you to clean up your book before reading it Visit my website


  6. Mitchell Mitchell says:

    Caldecot Honor picture book Simple but awesome alphabet book idea Basically letters found on the street, but paintings not photographs The letters are clear and obvious but still imaginative and the art itself is well executed It makes you look and think.


  7. Laura Laura says:

    This is a unique and artistic alphabet book, especially good for children from preschool through early elementary, who will have fun picking out the shapes of familiar letters in everyday objects some of which are less obvious than others From the side of a sawhorse that resembles the letter A to the fire escape that looks like a Z, each page shows the photorealistic painting of the letter in its urban setting with no text to distract the reader Well deserving of its Caldecott Honor, this book This is a unique and artistic alphabet book, especially good for children from preschool through early elementary, who will have fun picking out the shapes of familiar letters in everyday objects some of which are less obvious than others From the side of a sawhorse that resembles the letter A to the fire escape that looks like a Z, each page shows the photorealistic painting of the letter in its urban setting with no text to distract the reader Well deserving of its Caldecott Honor, this book can encourage children to look at everyday objects in a new way while reinforcing their letter knowledge.CIP Paintings of objects in an urban setting present the letters of the alphabet Hornbook gives Alphabet City a favorable review, calling its handsome, realistic paintings a tantalizing exercise in visual perception SLJ also reviews it favorably, and notes that it manages to be both a traditional alphabet book and an art book


  8. Jenny Jenny says:

    I have seen this book before but I don t think I have ever read it I was really impressed Johnson found the alphabet in a variety of locations around a city and then painted realistic pictures of each letter I can imagine reading this with a young child and then embarking on our own search for alphabet letters as we are out and about Even without young children, I suspect I will beaware of letters I pass as I walk and drive around my city What especially amazed me is that most of the I have seen this book before but I don t think I have ever read it I was really impressed Johnson found the alphabet in a variety of locations around a city and then painted realistic pictures of each letter I can imagine reading this with a young child and then embarking on our own search for alphabet letters as we are out and about Even without young children, I suspect I will beaware of letters I pass as I walk and drive around my city What especially amazed me is that most of the scenes are objects I have seen many, many times and most I have never noticed that they are in the shape of an alphabet letter For example, E in a streetlight turned sidewaysor B in a set of stairs on the side of an apartment building


  9. Dolly Dolly says:

    With paintings created with pastels, watercolors, gouache, and charcoal on hot pressed watercolor paper, the letters of the alphabet are depicted in everyday urban scenes The images are so realistic that they often appear to be photographs, and I was very impressed with the author s ability to see art and language in the city s infrastructure This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016 Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here With paintings created with pastels, watercolors, gouache, and charcoal on hot pressed watercolor paper, the letters of the alphabet are depicted in everyday urban scenes The images are so realistic that they often appear to be photographs, and I was very impressed with the author s ability to see art and language in the city s infrastructure This book was selected as one of the books for the November 2016 Caldecott Honor discussion at the Picture Book Club in the Children s Books Group here at Goodreads


  10. Katie Fitzgerald Katie Fitzgerald says:

    My favorite thing about this book is that the artwork was found in real life and photographed As a children s librarian, I m constantly preaching the importance of print awareness, and this book really emphasizes the fact that early literacy learning opportunities are quite literally around every corner I love the fact that Johnson manages to see letters in such interesting places My favorites are the P on the end of the handrail, the R formed by cracks in sidewalk stones, and the T, which is My favorite thing about this book is that the artwork was found in real life and photographed As a children s librarian, I m constantly preaching the importance of print awareness, and this book really emphasizes the fact that early literacy learning opportunities are quite literally around every corner I love the fact that Johnson manages to see letters in such interesting places My favorites are the P on the end of the handrail, the R formed by cracks in sidewalk stones, and the T, which is made of the negative space between buildings