SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Post-Modern Alphabet Books

Discussion started on

Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region canadaeast
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!
#1 - February 03, 2014, 07:05 AM

Member
Poster Plus
What a cool thesis topic!!  How about Tickets to Ride: An Alphabetic Amusement by Mark Rogalski (Running Press Kids, 2006)?


Best wishes!! :winter
#2 - February 03, 2014, 07:29 AM

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region longislandny
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.
#3 - February 03, 2014, 08:24 AM
Website: http://www.debbievilardi.com/
Twitter: @dvilardi1

Member
Poster Plus
  • *
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region sandiego
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!
#4 - February 03, 2014, 09:09 AM
« Last Edit: February 03, 2014, 09:13 AM by SYoon »

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.
#5 - February 03, 2014, 10:56 AM

Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region canadaeast
Thanks so much, everyone.  These are great titles, some of which I hadn't managed to find on my own.
#6 - February 09, 2014, 05:00 AM

Word Nerd
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region midsouth
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.
#7 - February 09, 2014, 10:19 AM
POETREE coming Spring 2019
Uncommon stories for uncommon children: http://www.shaunalavoyreynolds.com
find me on twitter @slr

Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region canadaeast
Shauna - I took a peek on Amazon and Awake to Nap is brilliant.  Thanks for bringing my attention to it.
#8 - February 10, 2014, 09:12 AM

Member
Poster Plus
  • *
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region canadaeast
  • SCBWI PAL
There's a beautiful book called Butterfly Alphabet (I think) which uses letter-shaped patterns in butterfly wings. Lovely.
#9 - February 10, 2014, 11:45 AM
www.heleneboudreau.com

Author of the REAL MERMAIDS tween series, RED DUNE ADVENTURES chapter book series, I DARE YOU NOT TO YAWN (2013) and more.

Do you mind me posting my own book?

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

It is an alphabet book on spiders. :)
#10 - February 11, 2014, 06:42 AM

Member
Poster Plus
  • *
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region westcentny
LMNO Peas? Not sure it fits your criteria or not, but it is a great alphabet book!  :goodluck
#11 - February 11, 2014, 12:48 PM
FIVE SHORT SECONDS
SAYA AT SPEED
RULES OF THE GAME
TEST CASES
TWISTER RESISTERS
CRASH COURSE
Heinemann, Fall 2013

Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region canadaeast
Thanks, Tracy, it looks great.  And eecoburn, I love LMNO Peas!  One of my favorites.
#12 - February 12, 2014, 06:07 PM

Admins and Mods Emeriti
Poster Plus
  • *
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI PAL
  • SCBWI Region midatlantic
123 vs. ABC by Mike Boldt is a new favorite. :-)
#13 - February 12, 2014, 06:48 PM
FLYING THE DRAGON (Charlesbridge, 2012)
A LONG PITCH HOME (Charlesbridge, 2016)

www.nataliediaslorenzi.com
http://bibliolinks.wordpress.com/

Members:

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.