Alphabet Room

( 7 )

Overview

Starting with the simplest images-apples for A, bowls for B, cat for C-Sara Pinto has taken a magical leap in the concept of alphabet books. Each letter has a door, and behind each door the objects arrange and rearrange themselves so that with every letter the picture becomes more complex. Letter by letter, magical scenes unfold inside the room. With gentle humor and charming design, this lift-the-flap alphabet book transcends the genre to offer something truly unique.

...
See more details below
Other sellers (Board Book)
  • All (14) from $1.99   
  • New (8) from $10.04   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Starting with the simplest images-apples for A, bowls for B, cat for C-Sara Pinto has taken a magical leap in the concept of alphabet books. Each letter has a door, and behind each door the objects arrange and rearrange themselves so that with every letter the picture becomes more complex. Letter by letter, magical scenes unfold inside the room. With gentle humor and charming design, this lift-the-flap alphabet book transcends the genre to offer something truly unique.

Starting with the simplest images, this lift-the-flap alphabet book allows little ones to watch the letters of the alphabet come alive within the 26 flaps and sturdy board pages.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This creative and compact lift-the-flap book, designed as a square with rounded corners, results in a subtle game of I Spy. Its unassuming initial spreads introduce "A/ apples," "B/ bowl," "C/ cat" and "D/ dog." Each left-hand page presents the oversize letter and the word, while each right-hand page offers a picture of the named item on a bold square background with hinges and a doorknob. Open this paper door, and an interior spread depicts a rectangular room with pale yellow walls. Herein, all the named objects accumulate and interact. The calm cat and dog play politely with the "F/ fish," "G/ guitar" and "H/ hat," and "I/ ivy" precedes "L/ lamb" into the room. Consecutive stages show the little lamb eating the ivy (according to a popular 1940s song), and the ivy growing back; and an errant "moustache" prompts some amusing scenarios (first the cat wears it, then the dog, etc.). "P/ painting" seems to be a static portrait of a man and horsecart on a country road, but the sequence reveals that the portrait's components move around, creating a multilayered frame within a frame. Pinto, making her children's book debut, draws and paints in a delicate hand. Her controlled watercolors stay within her fine ink line, and the objects and animals never act the least unruly. Pinto's book is in good company this fall, with the many alphabetic offerings, including Shirley and Milton Glaser's The Alphazeds, an ABC that likewise packs an empty room (albeit with letters, not objects). Pinto's may be quieter, but her many combinations of the 26 elements will keep onlookers of all ages entertained. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This chunky, cloth-bound book is another variation on the classic alphabet book format. Each double page spread features a letter of the alphabet. On one side is a large hand-drawn capital letter with the name of an appropriate object underneath. On the facing page, the illustrator has drawn a picture of that object. It is not a surprise that "A" has the word "apples." The big surprise for the reader is the door that they lift up shows a room filled with all the objects mentioned. So by the time you get to "Z" the room is crammed packed with a zebra, yarn, a xylophone, and twenty-three other things. 2003, Bloomsbury Press, Ages 2 to 5.
— Sally J. K. Davies
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582348414
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/7/2003
  • Edition description: LIFTFLAP
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 277,405
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 7.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Pinto is a designer who lives with her family in Montpelier, Vermont. The Alphabet Room is her first book and is the recipient of the PEN New England Children's Book Discovery Award.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(5)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 13, 2012

    Glad I Finally Found a Book Like This

    I love the layout of the book. Each letter appears on its own page and the accompanying page shows the picture affiliated with the letter. For the most part, the words are easy for small children to understand. I didn't like the word "jester" for the letter j. I could think of better words. Overall, though, the book is great. I also love that it's a board book because my daughter rips paperback books too easily. I'm not a big fan of all of the illustrations or the flapping pages (my daughter ignores them), but I was eager to find a book that is simple and yet educational.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Not your usual alphabet book

    a charming original rendition of the alphabet. The word examples are mostly common ones but as the book proceeds they occur together in a room in unusual combinations. And each page opens up so the kids get to participate, always a favorite thing to do.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2009

    Should be a classic!

    This is a very clever book with beautiful illustrations--it has been a favorite in our home for several years.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2006

    we stumbled upon a favorite!

    This book is an absolute favorite among MANY other books! It is great fun to search each page for different items (they move around w/ each added letter). I don't know if this will be a favorite for everyone - sometimes things just click and you can never tell what will be a hit. But I thought I'd share in the hopes that someone else will enjoy this book as much as we have.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Best of the Best

    I have searched high and low for a book like this. Each page is dedicated to one huge letter of the alphabet with an adjoining page having a picture to complement that letter. My daughter is 1.5 yrs. old and she carries this book everywhere. No cluttered pictures or sentences to distract the child from learning the alphabet. She can now recite her abc's from this book. I have bought many books, this one by far is the best for teaching and learning. Wish I could find a number book just like it!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)