The Dangerous Alphabet

The Dangerous Alphabet

Book - 2008
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As two children and their pet gazelle sneak out of the house in search of treasure, they come across a world beneath the city that is inhabited with monsters and pirates.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060783334
0060783338
Call Number: GAIMAN
Characteristics: p. ; cm.
Subjects: Pirates -- Juvenile fiction.
Monsters -- Juvenile fiction.
Underground areas -- Juvenile fiction.
Alphabet -- Juvenile fiction.
Stories in rhyme -- Juvenile fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Additional Contributors: Grimly, Gris - Illustrator

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JessicaTB
Jul 08, 2017

My son and I poured over the pictures and kept asking questions about it all. A great way to figure out how my little man is figuring out the world around him.

Castlespooktacular Aug 23, 2015

love this book! super clever and has amazing illustrations. perfect for oddball people or parents.

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firered81
Jul 31, 2014

A fun little read. For yourself our for your children, this alphabet is creepy fun for the whole family.

0Charlie Sep 04, 2013

Quirky. Great creepy illustrations. And it rhymes!

forbesrachel Jan 10, 2013

This is one alphabet one needs to be wary of. It is very clever in its use within the story context, but it is purposefully tricky. A spooky art style is well-suited to the story.

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Ubalstecha
Sep 29, 2011

This is an awesome alphabet book aimed older children. Typical in the Gaiman twisted storytelling, the illustrations help add to the overall creepy, but humourous feel to the book.

Enjoy with your little Gaiman fan.

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Albertasaurus
Sep 18, 2011

Strange drawings - strange story - not clear, inferences need to be made - may lose some young readers - lots of monsters - publisher suggests "ages 5 up" - I suggest older unless your child is a more experienced reader than average (check it out first, before giving it to a child - decide if it is appropriate for your child)

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kalio
Jan 21, 2010

A boy, a girl, and a pet gazelle sneak away from dear old dad and fall into a dark, dank, ABC-filled underground to search for treasure in this ghastly-good picture book that?s more for adults than it is for children. After all, the author of this alphabet is Neil Gaiman, whose other critically-acclaimed children?s books feature beasts out for blood (Wolves in the Walls), obsessively possessive mothers (Coraline), and serial killers (The Graveyard Book; a Newbery winner no less). And when the girl is kidnapped by a decidedly icky ogre and the boy and the gazelle must fight through a nightmarish labyrinth to free her, Gaiman?s colorful partner-in-crime, Gris Grimly, picks up the pace with his spine-tingling illustrations that mix shades of beige and black with splashes of faded reds and pinks. Then, this creepy-crawly alphabet slithers and slinks, and occasionally calls for help as monsters, madmen, fiends, and freaks crowd the pages and threaten readers with this ?unreliable? and mysterious alphabet. Rhyming couplets run through the familiar ?A is for?? formula and request the watchful eye of the reader to help save the kids and spot the mysteries on the page. The Dangerous Alphabet may be a bit too chilling for children, but its otherworldly tone is sophisticated fantasy in pictorial, alphabetical form.

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Morganthe
Dec 30, 2009

The artwork in this book is fabulous. Neil Gaiman's use of words is playful and erudite. Some of the words will be unfamiliar to a lot of readers, but that is how vocabularies grow. I had a lot of fun reading this one with my son.

sit_walk Sep 23, 2009

Gruesome! Lots of fun but might scare younger readers.

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