Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli, art by Peskimo

published 2013, by Abrams Appleseed

Alphablock Alphablock This book. Swoon city. Hefty chunk of graphic design. Just as fascinating and fantastic for adults as well as the stubby fingers of the littles. “You’re never too old for picture books” is my constant battle cry at school. Let’s amend that a bit to “you’re never too old for board books.”

Because wow. Alphablock Alphablock Can you see what’s happening here? Each letter of the alphabet is given two thick spreads for the hint and the reveal. It’s a visual puzzle, linked by a die-cut of the hero letter. For real. Alphablock Alphablock Figuring it out is a satisfying read, and physically flipping the letterform for the answer is brilliant. Alphablock Alphablock Not only does the design feel fresh, but the alphabet choices are newfangled, too. I love S is for SCISSORS and the cut-out arts and crafts that accompany it. P is for PENCILS gets the lined paper treatment, scattered with sharpened pencil shavings. And thank goodness F is for FISH gives us a glimpse into an aquarium with its kooky accoutrements, and not the obvious deep blue sea scene. Alphablock

Image courtesy of Abrams Appleseed

Image courtesy of Abrams Appleseed

Image courtesy of Abrams Appleseed

Image courtesy of Abrams Appleseed

(And any book that uses U is for UNDERWEAR is obviously a hands down favorite, too.)

Add this to your gift-list. Perfect for babes and art buffs alike. (And pretty much anyone who loves the alphabet.)


Review copy provided by Abrams Appleseed.


  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    Gorgeous! This is going right on my Christmas list for my granddaughters! Thanks for sharing, Carter :)

  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! As I get older, I seem to be getting more into picture books! That’s definitely on my wishlist :)

  • erin
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    What a fabulous concept and beautiful execution.

  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 10:07 am | Permalink

    Wow! A stunner. Love the shot that shows how thick it is too!

  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Brilliant, fresh design!

  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This board book is so beautifully designed. Great shot on how thick it is so the little ones can handle it.

  • Stacy S. Jensen
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I love this book. We really need to practice our ABCs.

  • Posted November 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Rather than repeat, my comment is “all the above”! Just love it!

  • tinamcho
    Posted November 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    Very neat! Cool idea!

  • Posted November 27, 2013 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Loved those shadows created

  • Posted December 4, 2013 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    This is a gorgeous book. I’m so happy to have discovered your website just in time for Christmas shopping!