Alphablock by Christopher FranceschelliAlphablock by Christopher Franceschellisticker-burst


byChristopher FranceschelliIllustratorPeskimo

Board Book | August 6, 2013

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With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Also available: A BOX OF BLOCKS, featuring Alphablock, Countablock, and Dinoblock.

Praise for Alphablock
"All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork."
School Library Journal, starred review

"The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package."
Publishers Weekly

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints… A visually captivating delight for careful little ones."
Kirkus Reviews

"While it’s graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own."
The New York Times

"The baby, toddler or nursery-schooler who tears the gift wrapping off Christopher Franceschelli's Alphablock may think that she has just opened a toy, for how lively and tactile the thing in her hands will be."
The Wall Street Journal

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Heather's Review

What can I say about a book that my twin grandkids – at 18 months – loved so much they actually took it to bed and fell asleep with it for weeks. It’s genius, and completely magnetic to little hands and eyes. The letters are bold and bright – perfect for tiny fingers to explore, and they’ll love calling out the letters and the object...

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Christopher Franceschelli is a long-time publisher, editor, and creator of children’s books. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Peskimo is a husband-wife illustration and design team who lives in Bristol, UK. This is their first children’s book.
Title:AlphablockFormat:Board BookProduct dimensions:104 pages, 6.75 × 5.5 × 2.25 inShipping dimensions:6.75 × 5.5 × 2.25 inPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419709364

ISBN - 13:9781419709364

Appropriate for ages: 1


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sturdy and Fun learning tool Right now it's almost half off so a good time to buy. Our little one really enjoys this as it's tactile and has simple colorful art.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Baby's favourite book My son (10 months old) loves this book! It's become one of our favourite bed time books. The drawings and colours are wonderful!
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Introduction to the Alphabet This book is beautifully illustrated, simple, and relatable — a wonderful introduction to the alphabet for toddlers. The visuals are captivating and the large, capital letters are easy for a child to trace with their fingers. Highly recommend this unique interpretation of the alphabet — perfect for gift giving.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and Unique Book for Toddlers I bought this for my alphabet obsessed toddler, the book is very unique and a fun way to explore the alphabet. It is very solid and well constructed. A favourite here for sure! :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique One of a Kind Book Bought this book today. This is not one of those ordinary children's alphabet books. If you intend to make a special gift for a child, this should be one of your list. Definitely stands out. Extremely awesome art. Love it.. Children will love it more! :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute Thick book of pages that are shaped like the letter they correspond with.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from adorable We love this book! My son loves to turn the letters to reveal the pictures underneath
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it! my toddler loves these books
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My first book of this series! I was introduced to this book through a friend when we went to their place for a playdate. The fact that my daughter can't put this down is a true testament to the fact that it is an awesome book!
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great book! I love reading this book with my 2 year old son. Great illustrations, and educational. The cut outs for the letters make the book unique. We have read this many times and this is a go-to book for gift giving.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! my 17 month old loves this book! the pictures are great and the words are easy for her to pronounce! We will purchasing the other books by this author.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for any preschooler Both my 3 year old and 2 year old love this book. Great addition to any kids library!
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super cute Cute & engaging, even for young kids!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun way to practice ABCs This book is fun and colourful. The only issue is that my young son has broken some of the letters, as the pages are not super strong. I would recommend it for older toddlers.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun This is a fun book to read! My 1 yr old son likes to look at the pictures. A good book for bedtime reading.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids Enjoy Bought this for my Grandaughter last Christmas; easy for her to turn pages as the pages are very sturdy quality. Coming up on owning the book for one year and she still enjoys it and the book is standing up to her use. I will probably add the number book this year to my library for her.Karen
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kids can Join in the read Grand daughter enjoy the heavy pages which make it easy for her to help turn the page.
Date published: 2016-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun! I read this book soo quick, and I thought it was soo much fun and I hadn't even shared it with my son yet!!! What a fun way to count to100!!!
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have So glad I stumbled across this book! Definitely the best ABC book I have seen. My 18 month old and 4 year old are both drawn to this books design and the bright, interactive images and letter cut outs. Loved it so much I gifted it to another family members child!
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-purchase for any young child I bought this book for my daughter when she was 4 months. She lit up with a big smile the first time I read it to her and it's become one of her favourites. The cut-out letters, illustrations and great colours will catch the attention of your little one. Just buy it!
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC! This book has been popping up on blogs more and more lately, so I decided to check it out. The concept of this book, along with Countablock, is very creative. The book is chunky, brightly coloured and very fun to explore. My one comment I have, which can be seen as both good or bad depending on your point of view, is that some of the words given for the letters aren't what I would expect to see in a book for children. For example, yacht is given as an example of "y". More simple words, like yo yo might have been a better option. Children may be confused when they see the image of a boat, not understanding that a yacht is a particular type of boat. On the other hand, such words expose children to words they would not be exposed to in other alphabet books. It all depends on your point of view. Overall, it is a fantastic book and a must have for every child's book collection.
Date published: 2014-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Alphablock I bought this for my three year old grandson. He loves it and so do his parents. It is a great book . I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2014-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Alphabet Book I just came across this book at the doctor's office and my almost 2 year old was totally engrossed by it. He was so sad to leave it behind, as soon as we came home I ordered it for him. Definitely the nicest ABC book I've ever seen. It's simple and easy and colourful.
Date published: 2014-02-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book. This book is very good, nice size, not heavy, board pages will make it long-lasting. Perfect.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completely magnetic! What can I say about a book that my twin grandkids – at 18 months – loved so much they actually took it to bed and fell asleep with it for weeks. It’s genius, and completely magnetic to little hands and eyes. The letters are bold and bright – perfect for tiny fingers to explore, and they’ll love calling out the letters and the objects. Watching the joy and pride on their faces as they learn and grow is one of the best things about being a parent – or grandparent. You’ve simply got to get this book into a child’s hands, and watch the magic.
Date published: 2013-12-02