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Title: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: tzippy on February 03, 2014, 07:05 AM
Am doing my critical thesis for my MFA on the evolution of Alphabet Books.  Am looking for some more post-modern or meta-fictive examples.  I have Z if for Moose and Alpha Oops! The Day Z went First. Also have ones like Tomorrow's Alphabet and D is for Quack, in which their is a "twist" to the usual format.


Can anyone think of another example or two?  The more recently published, the better.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: carrots on February 03, 2014, 07:29 AM
What a cool thesis topic!!  How about Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement by Mark Rogalski (Running Press Kids, 2006)?


Best wishes!! :winter
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 03, 2014, 08:24 AM
I bet an Amazon search gets you tons of results. Alphabet under Construction, Animalia, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom are all that come to mind.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: SYoon on February 03, 2014, 09:09 AM
The listed below are the most UNIQUE alphabet books I've ever seen, though I don't know if they fit your criteria.

One of my favorites is by Laura Vacarro Seeger, The Hidden Alphabet! (it's amazing!)
Alphabet City, by Stephen Johnson, is also very cool.
The Graphic Alphabet, (a Caldecott Honor book) by David Pelletier  (very modern/graphic)
ABC3d by Marion Bataille (an absolute must see!, alphabet book with amazing pop-ups. check out the book trailer on Amazon or wherever. Google the title with "trailer" on youtube, and you'll see it)

Good luck on your project!
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: LeslieG on February 03, 2014, 10:56 AM
The Turn-Around Upside-Down Alphabet Book by Lisa Ernst is a fun one. It focuses on the shapes of the letters, and the images those shapes evoke.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: tzippy on February 09, 2014, 05:00 AM
Thanks so much, everyone.  These are great titles, some of which I hadn't managed to find on my own.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: Shauna LaVoy Reynolds on February 09, 2014, 10:19 AM
Nikki McClure's board book Awake to Nap comes to mind. Beautiful papercut illustrations in a book that doesn't quite make it to the end of the alphabet.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: tzippy on February 10, 2014, 09:12 AM
Shauna - I took a peek on Amazon and Awake to Nap is brilliant.  Thanks for bringing my attention to it.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on February 10, 2014, 11:45 AM
There's a beautiful book called Butterfly Alphabet (I think) which uses letter-shaped patterns in butterfly wings. Lovely.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: traceymcox on February 11, 2014, 06:42 AM
Do you mind me posting my own book?

Arachnabet by: Tracey M. Cox (Guardian Angel Publishing, 2014)

It is an alphabet book on spiders. :)
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: eecoburn on February 11, 2014, 12:48 PM
LMNO Peas? Not sure it fits your criteria or not, but it is a great alphabet book!  :goodluck
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: tzippy on February 12, 2014, 06:07 PM
Thanks, Tracy, it looks great.  And eecoburn, I love LMNO Peas!  One of my favorites.
Title: Re: Post-Modern Alphabet Books
Post by: Natalie on February 12, 2014, 06:48 PM
123 vs. ABC by Mike Boldt is a new favorite. :-)