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Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

Blue Apple Books

By Sharon Werner,and Sarah Forss

Blocky or small. Thick or tall.
Roundish, slope-y, fancy or dopey.
Letters look different in all different places.
That's because they have different typefaces.

From an alligator made of aaa's to a zebra made of zzz's, the alphabeasties in this book are ingeniously built out of multiple typefaces. Adults and children will be engaged and delighted with the flaps, which lift to reveal "beasties" for each letter of the alphabet.

More Details

Size: 9 x 11-1/2 in;
Pages: 56 pp;
full-color illustrations, ages 4-8
Format: Hardcover
Publication: July 2009
ISBN: 9781934706787
ISBN10: 1934706787
Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss are graphic designers at the two-person design studio Werner Design Werks, Inc. in StPaul, Minnesota, which has garnered many graphic design awards, as well as a place in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Musée De La Poste, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musée des Arts Decoratifs, and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. You can visit them online at

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Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

Starred Review. No ordinary abecedarian, this typographical trip will wow design fans and suggest creative projects with letterforms. The bookës introduction speaks affectionately of typefacesóìjust like people, they look different and have different personalitiesîóbefore embarking on a thrilling spin through the alphabet. The first spread presents an alligatorës silhouette, made up of capital and lowercase As, as the repeated word ìalgaeî forms green strands around it. A bat shaped from gothic Bs holds vampire connotations; tall, skinny Gs evoke the height of a giraffe that hides behind leafy, vertical folds; and breathless italic Rs make a rabbit seem poised to leap. Werner and Forss, a debuting team of graphic designers, devote page borders to extra wordplay: a C becomes the curved back and tail of a cat, a Kës extended foot kicks a soccer ball, a cursive L is a lasso and rounded Ps nestle in a pod. Innovations arrive several to a page, rewarding repeat visits and encouraging readers to muse on the power of type and all that letters and words can imply or insinuate.

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