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All Around the Block: An Alphabet

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781567923438
Author(s): Judy Pelikan
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2008
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher
Dimensions: 145 x 160 x 13 (w x l x h)
Pages: 64
Pages: 5-8

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This playful alphabet, lush with surprising details and limned in delicate colours, was inspired by that familiar and beloved nursery companion - the alphabet block. As re-imagined by artist Judy Pelikan, each letter of the alphabet takes possession of its own face, covering, carving, painting, and manipulating the surface of the block in a variety of inventive and unexpected ways.Pelikan approaches humble wooden cubes as points of entry into a magical world, one of surprising objects, exotic animals, intimate landscapes, and delicate balances. Every face is decorated with images related to its letter: the Painter's Pointillist block introduces a Pitcher and Pearls and one-Point Perspective, while a Tolstoy Tome straightens a Teetering Tea Table (set with a complete, and minute, Tea service). And some are not quite blocks at all: a Folded strip of Film follows sandy Footprints past a Friend's cowrie shell while a quartet of Jaunty Jacks squares up to form a miniature house of cards. Each page offers up its own intriguing and challenging little world, a combination of the best of Kate Greenaway's colour and M.C. Escher's mystery and visual disconnects.On the verso, facing each block, is the upper and lower case letter, redrawn after the forms of Paul Renner's simple, modern Futura typeface, elegant counterpoints to the fascinating, minutely detailed pencil-and-watercolour illustrations.
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