Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson

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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.
 

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Stephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known childreStephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known children's books as the "Publishers Weekly" bestseller "My Little Rn's books as the "Publishers Weekly" bestseller "My Little Red Toolbox", the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winned Toolbox", the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner "My Little Yellow Taxi", and the Caldecott Honor, "New Yoer "My Little Yellow Taxi", and the Caldecott Honor, "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book of the Year "Alphabet City "rk Times" Best Illustrated Book of the Year "Alphabet City "and the "New York Times" Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Boand the "New York Times" Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Book "A is for Art". His drawings and paintings are in numeok "A is for Art". His drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the Nationrous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washinal Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured agton, D.C. Solo exhibitions of his work have been featured at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Nt the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York; the Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Spenceew York; the Katonah Museum of Art, New York; and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Among his publir Museum of Art at the University of Kansas. Among his public art is a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station c art is a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York, and a 70-foot mural planned for 2009 in Brooklyn, New York, and a 70-foot mural planned for 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Johnson and his family make theiin Los Angeles, California. Johnson and his family make their home in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at www.stephenjohnsonsr home in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at www.stephenjohnsonstudio.com/. tudio.com/.
 
Published October 1, 1995 by Viking Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his first solo outing (he previously illustrated, among other titles, Robert San Souci's The Snow Wife, 1993), Johnson paints a series of images of objects and places in New York City that look like letters of the alphabet, from A to Z.

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The letter B sculpted from the rigid angles of a fire escape, an R in a jagged street crack, an E in the side view of a street light-the heart of this stunning, wordless ABC book lies in the artist's

Oct 02 1995 | Read Full Review of Alphabet City

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If only life were as tidy as an alphabet book.

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Crisp white backgrounds reinforce the book’s resemblance to an exhibition catalogue, as does a disconcertingly lofty foreword where Johnson explains, “I took ordinary objects and made them unfamiliar, removing functionality in order to reveal their potential metaphorical associations.” The appara...

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The letter B sculpted from the rigid angles of a fire escape, an R in a jagged street crack, an E in the side view of a street light-the heart of this stunning, wordless ABC book lies in the artist's photorealistic still lifes.

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This wordless ABC, a Caldecott Honor book illustrated with photo-realistic still lifes, ""transcends the genre by demanding close inspection of not just letters, but the world,"" said PW in a starred review.

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