The Artful Alphabet by Martina Jirankova-Limbrick

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Sure to charm children and collectors alike, this artful alphabet book promises a new discovery each time one opens its whimsy-filled pages.

"A" is for the amazing abundance of art in this addictive alphabet book! Fine artist Martina Jirankova-Limbrick fills each page with a playful profusion of objects, characters, shapes, and scenes, each one standing for, starting with, or formed by a featured letter (don’t miss the swarm of "b"s flying by a hot-air balloon). An appealing, harlequin-like girl and an acrobatic dog lead a lighthearted journey from A to Z, while a final spread lists words to be found in the artwork, luring readers to return on a search for more hidden surprises.

About Martina Jirankova-Limbrick

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Martina Jirankova-Limbrick was born in the Czech Republic and emigrated to England to study illustration in 1997. She says that her artwork, which has appeared in many exhibitions, galleries, and magazines, is inspired by poetry as well as traditional and modern fairy tales. Of THE ARTFUL ALPHABET, her first children's book, she says, "I imagined a magic hat discovered by a little girl and her dog, from which letters of the alphabet emerged to create scenes of words. I wanted to be as playful as possible, to show letters not only as flat shapes but as characters."
Published October 27, 2003 by Candlewick. 72 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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a trail of Dominoes, for instance, leads from a Desert to one Door, as a Doll points the Dog toward another Door labeled “Dragon’s Den.” Jirankova-Limbrick inventively incorporates many words into her fanciful, sophisticated compositions: some as small identifying labels, others gathered into str...

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in the second, a theater's floorboards brim with P words (production, perfect, performance, etc.), and the girl and her dog join a procession of puppets (a prince, princess, penguin and pirate) across a proscenium.

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