“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.” These words from George Bernard Shaw are at the heart of Little Gestalten’s vision. A combination of compelling stories and quirky illustrations is why this is the second Little Gestalten title to make it into our Book of the Month.
Alphabetics isn’t your typical ABC kids book, in fact it isn’t a typical kids book. The first thing that struck me whilst flipping through the pages is the sheer amount of white space. The retro-modern style of illustrations, rustic colour palette and understated type treatment make this a refreshing alternative to your average kids book.
The second point of difference is the use of language. Patrick and Traci have steered clear of the clichéd C is for cat? D is for dog? Instead they’ve chosen words to help expand kid’s vocabularies and linguistic horizons. Here are some of my favourites.
Motion picture maker Maximo meanders on his marvellous moped mindfully manoeuvring his movie camera
Orson the omnipotent octopus of the open ocean overpowers an offensive oil tanker.
Virgil the vampire (v)wears a velvet vest (v)while vexed on (v)which vintage vinyl to play on his Victor-Victrola
Alphabetics has a glossary at the back in case you come across any words you don’t recognise. In fact, I’ve just learnt a new word to describe my kids – ‘Rambunctious’.
Rambunctious / difficult to control in a way that is playful or full of energy.
Alphabetics is available to buy at DiscoverAwesomeDesign.com