The Artful Alphabet by Martina Jarankova-Limbrick

The Artful Alphabet is quite possibly the most beautiful example of the done-to-death genre of children’s alphabet books — and the antithesis of the majority of, frankly, lazy, boring and uninspiring alphabet books produced solely to get a slice of the lucrative, evergreen parent-magnet pie.

Instead of simply plonking in generic or recycled photographs/artwork, a lot of thought has been given to every page in this book, which is filled with sumptuous, original illustrations born from the artist’s imagination.

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Each inspiring spread is dedicated to the words and images associated with one particular letter, and the attention to detail is astounding: for instance, all the letters and words that appear in the spreads are not simply printed using a pre-set typeface, but painstakingly hand-inked individually by the artist — and it’s all been done so neatly and precisely that you’d be forgiven for thinking it is a font!

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As with most of the ‘artsier’ alphabet books, this is not a book for toddlers who are still familiarising themselves with the alphabet, due to the small print and detailed illustrations. But anyone else — children included — who loves letters, words and art would enjoy poring over the beautiful illustrations, and discovering all the delightful little details on every page.

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A is for amazing, B is for beautiful, C is for creative and D is for Don’t-miss-this-little-gem-of-a-book!

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