Face and Body: Alphabet books and beyond

  • Michael Solomon


Alphabet books represent the great forum for the children's book artist wishing to extend these abstract linguistic entities into the pictorial arena. Broadly speaking, these books break down into two types, which I will call, for want of official names, the initial-associative and the graphic. The first can be represented by the formula A is an apple pie. Initial-associative alphabet books may be free and unrestrained, with subjects as diverse as apple, ball, cat, zebra. In graphic alphabet books, images take their cues from the letter's shape: I is a column, S a snake. Each of them explores the art of the alphabetical letter.
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