A graphical representation of the alphabet gives a new view of the letters, from the A that crumbles as an avalanche approaches to the D that glows with the light of the devilBook Details Format Hardcover Publication DatePagesReading Level Ageand Up


10 thoughts on “The Graphic Alphabet

  1. Calista Calista says:

    A beginning alphabet book with each letter somehow using a graphic representation of a word that starts with that letter Like S had steps carved into the letter, or T was tripping over a dot Some letters you can seeand some letters areabstract like C in a circle.The Caldecott Honor does love it s Alphabet books They have chosen many of them It s a good bet that if you do a creative Alphabet book you might be nominated for it The nephew thought this was kind of cool It s a w A beginning alphabet book with each letter somehow using a graphic representation of a word that starts with that letter Like S had steps carved into the letter, or T was tripping over a dot Some letters you can seeand some letters areabstract like C in a circle.The Caldecott Honor does love it s Alphabet books They have chosen many of them It s a good bet that if you do a creative Alphabet book you might be nominated for it The nephew thought this was kind of cool It s a wordless book and there is only one word per page, so he could mostly read this He could figure out most of the words with the pictures He thought this was an ok book He gave it 3 stars The niece didn t want to read an alphabet book even if it was a Caldecott, so she didn t read this


  2. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I enjoyed the creativity shown in this book but I don t like it as an alphabet book and it s too slight for an art book I really enjoyed the avalanche made out of A, the fire made out of F, noodles for N, and many others, but many letters are not even close to their proper appearance C lookslike O, I doesn t look like any letter really, and there are many other instances So, this book is for children or young adults or adults who are competent readers and who can enjoy art, whimsy, cr I enjoyed the creativity shown in this book but I don t like it as an alphabet book and it s too slight for an art book I really enjoyed the avalanche made out of A, the fire made out of F, noodles for N, and many others, but many letters are not even close to their proper appearance C lookslike O, I doesn t look like any letter really, and there are many other instances So, this book is for children or young adults or adults who are competent readers and who can enjoy art, whimsy, creativity, especially those who are artists or are artistic minded Some of the illustrations are 5 star worthy but I can t say I loved or really liked this book, but I do like it I ll give it an extra star for its uniqueness 3 starsETA There are a couple that even some older children might find scary Devil and Vampire


  3. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    Although I do find the concept itself imaginative enough,than a few of the depicted graphic letter object combinations do seem to feature a rather distinct tendency towards being potentially confounding and difficult and not just for children either, as I definitely have had issues with some of the presented offerings, such as visualising the X in the picture of the x rayed hand and how the almost black square with the cutout V shapes is supposed to somehow represent a vampire David Pel Although I do find the concept itself imaginative enough,than a few of the depicted graphic letter object combinations do seem to feature a rather distinct tendency towards being potentially confounding and difficult and not just for children either, as I definitely have had issues with some of the presented offerings, such as visualising the X in the picture of the x rayed hand and how the almost black square with the cutout V shapes is supposed to somehow represent a vampire David Pelletier s The Graphic Alphabet is therefore and in my humble opinion most definitely NOT an alphabet book I would generally find all that much suitable or useful for children just learning their basic letters as even a large part of the vocabulary expressions are definitelyunderstandable and useful for older children already comfortable with the alphabet And thus, The Graphic Alphabet does work or perhaps rather it could work better with and for older children as an imaginative and artistically stimulating alphabet and vocabulary review session , but still with the distinct and required caveat that there might definitely be potential visualisation issues and confusion encountered therefore, parents, caregivers and teachers should be both willing and also able to explain how and why the given graphic illustrations correspond to the vocabulary terms featured below each letter design That all being said, The Graphic Alphabet is an imaginative and in many ways brilliant, stunning visual experiment and experience and I certainly can both understand and appreciate how and why David Pelletier was awarded a Caldecott Honour designation and I do enjoy and appreciate the book, but there are simply too many potential issues with easily figuring out the correspondences between text and image for me to absolutely love it and recommend it without major reservations


  4. Mahrya Mahrya says:

    Pelletier, David 1996 The Graphic Alphabet, Orchard, New York 28 pgs Alphabet picture book, Caldecott Honor Book Description This book contains graphic representations of the alphabet The letters depict objects or ideas, which appear as a single word below the letter.Review The bold, simple graphics of this book are deceptive At first glance, each page appears to contain a letter On closer inspection, however, the letters form pictures, which in turn correspond to a single word appeari Pelletier, David 1996 The Graphic Alphabet, Orchard, New York 28 pgs Alphabet picture book, Caldecott Honor Book Description This book contains graphic representations of the alphabet The letters depict objects or ideas, which appear as a single word below the letter.Review The bold, simple graphics of this book are deceptive At first glance, each page appears to contain a letter On closer inspection, however, the letters form pictures, which in turn correspond to a single word appearing below each picture A P is tipped forward, for instance, becoming the stem and bowl of a pipe from which delicate tendrils of smoke rise The peaks of M are dusted with snow making them into mountains In this way, the book cleverly and elegantly shows the relationships between letters, words and concepts. Before they learn how to read, young children are used to seeing letters as static things Even if they recognize letters, they might not understand how they interact to form meaningful words Adults could use this book to help explain such relations to children On their own, young children may not be able to appreciate these visual puns, but with guidance, the pictures become an fun way to gain early literacy skills The Graphic Alphabet might not be appropriate for kids that are not already familiar with the alphabet, but it would make a great read for pre schoolers who are just beginning to grasp the concept of meaningful, written words.Professional Reviews Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review Aug 15, 1996.This review emphasizes the spare, clever graphics and describes the puns as challenging It also claims that this book is only for children who are already accomplished at ABC basics While I don t think the puzzles are challenging to anyone who reads, I think that the review is correct in emphasizing that prior knowledge of the alphabet is needed to understand this book Englefried, Steven 2006 The Graphic Alphabet, School Library Journal, vol 52, no 1 In his very brief review, Englefried describes the illustrations in this book as sophisticated and imaginative I would agree with this assessment The author must have invested a lot of effort into some of the illustration concepts


  5. Emily Emily says:

    When viewed simply as art, this book is interesting and many of the illustrations are clever The avalanching A, juggling J, and tripping T are memorable However, it s not very useful as an ABC book for little ones learning their alphabet Several of the illustrations barely resemble the letters they are supposed to represent B, G, and R I found particularly difficult to identify.Forbook reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves When viewed simply as art, this book is interesting and many of the illustrations are clever The avalanching A, juggling J, and tripping T are memorable However, it s not very useful as an ABC book for little ones learning their alphabet Several of the illustrations barely resemble the letters they are supposed to represent B, G, and R I found particularly difficult to identify.Forbook reviews, come visit my blog, Build Enough Bookshelves


  6. Lizzie Lizzie says:

    An incredibly sophisticated take on the ABC book At the best of times the illustration of letters did played with the letter shape such as in the case of i d and x But even with the weaker letters, a lot is going on that is made to look simple Most of vocabulary could work for early readers like circle , knot , fire and noddles Avalanche and Universe might be a littledifficult But if the vocabulary is there then I also don t think the visual puns are difficult for e An incredibly sophisticated take on the ABC book At the best of times the illustration of letters did played with the letter shape such as in the case of i d and x But even with the weaker letters, a lot is going on that is made to look simple Most of vocabulary could work for early readers like circle , knot , fire and noddles Avalanche and Universe might be a littledifficult But if the vocabulary is there then I also don t think the visual puns are difficult for easy readers to understand This would also be a cool choice when talking about advertising with older kids, even college students studying graphic design D was my favorite in part because it reminded me of the Devil Wears Prada movie title.While, I think there are weaker parts overall I think it was a great choice for the Caldecott In dealing with the simplicity form and iconography, it istimeless


  7. Jenny Jenny says:

    I found a few of the letters to be quite cleversuch as the I Iceberg and G Gear but overall this book is not really my style My 5 year old liked it quite a bit.Reread November 2016 I think I amimpressed on my second reading Most of the letters are pretty clevera few were less impressivesuch as d for devil because other than being red, it didn t seem that the letter represented the devil in any way But the concept of having each letter in the shape of that letter but also hel I found a few of the letters to be quite cleversuch as the I Iceberg and G Gear but overall this book is not really my style My 5 year old liked it quite a bit.Reread November 2016 I think I amimpressed on my second reading Most of the letters are pretty clevera few were less impressivesuch as d for devil because other than being red, it didn t seem that the letter represented the devil in any way But the concept of having each letter in the shape of that letter but also helping to show the meaning of the word is an interesting and unique concept Graphic design is still not a style that particularly appeals to me but I can appreciate this approach to the alphabet book


  8. Kate Kate says:

    Features large graphic representations of letters with a word beginning with the letter describing the action, example A Avalanche The top part of the A appears to be sliding down the side Some of the letters are difficult to see as in C Circles, where the letter C is a half circle on the edge, and two other circles one partial and one nearly complete are in the picture Author description mentions that the author decided that the illustration of the letterform had to retain the natural Features large graphic representations of letters with a word beginning with the letter describing the action, example A Avalanche The top part of the A appears to be sliding down the side Some of the letters are difficult to see as in C Circles, where the letter C is a half circle on the edge, and two other circles one partial and one nearly complete are in the picture Author description mentions that the author decided that the illustration of the letterform had to retain the natural shape of the letter as well as represent the meaning of the word


  9. Katie Fitzgerald Katie Fitzgerald says:

    I really like alphabet books, and this one is exceptional I like that the artist David Pelletier set himself the challenge of retaining the letter s shape while also portraying the meaning of a word beginning with that letter This approach is effective throughout the book, but especially for avalanche, devil, noodles, and my favorite, x ray While simpler books might be best for toddlers and preschoolers, kids learning to read can enjoy reinforcing their letter knowledge by identifying eac I really like alphabet books, and this one is exceptional I like that the artist David Pelletier set himself the challenge of retaining the letter s shape while also portraying the meaning of a word beginning with that letter This approach is effective throughout the book, but especially for avalanche, devil, noodles, and my favorite, x ray While simpler books might be best for toddlers and preschoolers, kids learning to read can enjoy reinforcing their letter knowledge by identifying each letter in its corresponding image


  10. Nancy Kotkin Nancy Kotkin says:

    Concept 2 starsArt 4 starsI love the idea of a graphic alphabet book and I bet Michael Hall could really rock that concept In this case, however, I don t believe it works Some of the letters are tilted sideways upside down, making them difficult to recognize, and some of the graphics don t really resemble the intended letter B, G, and R for example Another issue is that some of the letters are uppercase while others are lowercase While the illustrations are visually appealing and inventi Concept 2 starsArt 4 starsI love the idea of a graphic alphabet book and I bet Michael Hall could really rock that concept In this case, however, I don t believe it works Some of the letters are tilted sideways upside down, making them difficult to recognize, and some of the graphics don t really resemble the intended letter B, G, and R for example Another issue is that some of the letters are uppercase while others are lowercase While the illustrations are visually appealing and inventive, this book does not succeed in its primary purpose, which is to teach the alphabet