Alphabet City by Stephen T. JohnsonAlphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson

Alphabet City

IllustratorStephen T. Johnson, Stephen Johnson

Paperback | October 15, 1999

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A 1996 Caldecott Honor book!

The urban landscape will never look the same again. As Stephen T. Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can contain the letter "A"--while lampposts alongside a highway can form a row of elegant, soaring Ys. A 1996 Caldecott Honor book, this sophisticated, wordless alphabet book is sure to appeal to young and old alike.
Stephen T. Johnson is a highly versatile American artist whose art spans a broad range of concepts, contexts and mediums including painting, collage, drawing, sculpture and installations and can be seen in museum and gallery exhibitions, public art commissions, and through his original award-winning children’s books. Much of Johnson’s ...
Title:Alphabet CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:32 pages, 10.5 × 8.31 × 0.14 inPublished:October 15, 1999Publisher:Penguin Young Readers GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140559043

ISBN - 13:9780140559040

Appropriate for ages: Baby - 2


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay, just okay This book is basically an ABC book where you find the letters in everyday things. It's not an I Spy type of book. The letter is there for you to find easily, like a double street light that makes a Y shape. I bought this book for my 5 year old, because he loves letters and numbers. He enjoyed it a few times and it sparked him to look around at things as we were driving and find letters, so it definitely did it's job. However, I think it was aimed at a younger child, because after a couple of times, he was not interested anymore. Still, like I said, it made him think about everyday things in a different way. That's why it got 3 stars from me. As for younger children, however, it really is photos of everyday places and things, so it's not just the letter shape and some sterile bright colours. It's the photo of the side of a building with a shaped sign, for example. I thought the colour tones were a bit mature for a pre-schooler, but maybe I'm underestimating them.
Date published: 2009-12-19

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Leafing through the pages of a Stephen T. Johnson book is truly a feast for the eyes and Alphabet City is no exception. In this mesmerizing book, the talented illustrator creates stunning images featuring all of the alphabet's letters. Best of all, these illustrations show the ABCs as kids might see them in everyday objects, such as the 'A' in a sawhorse or the 'S' shape made by a curvy road.