Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss One of my favorite books, How to Get Your Child to Love Reading talks about the abecedary as the perfect way to explore a concept. And this is a truly nifty concept book. The focus is on typefaces and the different moods they can express. For each letter of the alphabet, a beast beginning with that letter is made out of the letter, in a typeface that the designers feel suit the animal – a classic serif for the alligator, maybe, but a gothic for the bat. Smaller pictures in the margins use the letter in different ways, as for example, the pair of lowercase b’s as boots stomping through a puddle. This is one for children and adults to relish.
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