The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman

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Synopsis

A is for Always, that's where we embark . . .

Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.

Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?

The Dangerous Alphabet is a tale of adventure, piracy, danger, and heroism told in twenty-six alphabetical lines—although even the alphabet is not to be relied upon here. A delightfully dangerous journey from national bestselling author Neil Gaiman and the monstrously talented Gris Grimly, The Dangerous Alphabet is sure to captivate and chillyoung readers.

 

About Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly acclaimed and award-winning books for children and adults, including the New York Times #1 bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning novel The Graveyard Book and the bestselling Coraline, Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. He is also the author of the picture books Blueberry Girl and Instructions, illustrated by Charles Vess; The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and Crazy Hair, illustrated by Dave McKean; and The Dangerous Alphabet, illustrated by Gris Grimly. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
 
Published January 1, 2008 by Harper Collins. 32 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books. Fiction

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The letters have a haphazard relationship to their couplets, as with “Z waits alone and it's not for a thing,” and there is one instance in which two letters appear out of order, rendering this alphabet “not to be relied upon.” Fans of both creators’ works will seek this title out, as will adults...

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With the words “A is for Always, that's where we embark;/ B is for Boat, pushing off in the dark,” the stern-faced Victorian boy and girl clamber into a bathtub-shaped boat and sail into the bowels of a Dickensian sewer system.

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The Bookbag

Book reviewers (well, I) overuse the cliches that illustrations are there to be pored over, and that you'll get something new from them each time you read it.

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Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.

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