Author(s): Stephen Johnson
Explore the ins and outs of A to Z in an educational setting in this innovative picture book from the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of "Alphabet City "and "A Is for Art." Imagine a school. Any school. Be it your school, one from memory, or even a dream school. Then enter and embark on a journey of wonder and delight. Look closely. There's a letter C in the curve of a globe, a little L in the handle of a pencil sharpener, or at recess, a vibrant yellow V in a geodesic climbing dome. Can you find the letters on every page? From inside the classroom to outside on the playground, Caldecott Honor artist and author Stephen T. Johnson renders the ordinary extraordinary with timeless imagery, inviting us to reexamine and rediscover our schools anew, and to find beauty and joy in the most unexpected places.
Johnson follows "A Is for Art "and his Caldecott Honor-winning "Alphabet City "with a series of letters found in a traditional brick school. Instead of the meticulous photorealistic images of "Alphabet City," Johnson offers monoprints--grainy, meditative, and subtly colored, like sun-bleached photographs. There's a sense of calm as the page turns and the next letter reveals itself. Every one, no matter how complex, appears quite naturally, without any contrivance, in settings most readers will recognize. Some letters are found in architectural details, as when the edges of a window frame are captured from an angle that makes them appear to be an "E." The "L" is a pencil sharpener handle, the "F" is a flagpole with two flags on it, and the "R" is a twisted rope in a gym, its proportions classically correct. The images are oddly free of people--it's like a school after hours or over summer vacation, when no one is there and one is free to explore. The lack of artificiality conveys the feeling that forms like these are all around us, waiting to be noticed.--Publishers Weekly "June 1, 2015 "