With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I’s ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F’s fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter’s physicality—angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo’s animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way.

Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.

Praise for Alphablock
"All the parts together make an appealing and fun way for youngsters to interact with the alphabet, and for slightly older children to enjoy the clever artwork."
School Library Journal, starred review

"The straightforward vocabulary, cheery vintage-style graphics, and neat incorporation of cut-out letters make for a sharply designed package."
Publishers Weekly

"With a pleasing, retro feel, Peskimo’s art uses bold colors in a slightly muted hue and the weathered look of woodblock prints… A visually captivating delight for careful little ones."
Kirkus Reviews

"While it’s graphically sophisticated enough to please adults, little children can happily flip through this book on their own."
The New York Times

"The baby, toddler or nursery-schooler who tears the gift wrapping off Christopher Franceschelli's Alphablock may think that she has just opened a toy, for how lively and tactile the thing in her hands will be."
The Wall Street Journal

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    Alphablock Reviews

  • Mir

    I'm not quite sure what the big deal is about this book -- reviewers seem to be reacting as if they had never seen a picture book with peek-through/cutout pages before. It's hardly a new idea. But it'...

  • Kate

    I'm pretty sure this is the first board book I've ever reviewed - probably because the vast majority of board books (even ones that do a good job of being developmentally appropriate for babies and to...

  • GinaRose Cristello

    If you are looking to work the alphabet into your child's library, 100% this is the one to choose. Simple graphics with cut outs, and super fun examples of the use of each letter, lorenzo reads this m...

  • One more, please!

    We have tried out a lot of letter books but this is the one my oldest two children seem to really enjoy. The pages are shaped like the letters they are. It's a fun, interesting and unique book for lit...

  • Christine

    This ABC board book stands out with its bold artwork and clever design. Very curious about the other "block" books now since this is such a favorite with my toddler....

  • Lin

    I, like my granddaughter, enjoy this book, with the exception, on my part, of the Z. The intangible "Zoom", showing cars, is simply not a good choice for children this young. Zipper (in my opinion) wo...

  • Donalyn

    Outstanding design with just the right amount of whimsy. ...

  • E

    The weakest of the "block"books I've read so far. I wish there were less sweets in the book and for the life of me I can't understand why there are 25 nouns and 1 verb! Drives me crazy....

  • Danielle Perez

    1. Rewards- none2. grade range- preschool-kindergarten3. Summary- Each page of this book is cut into the shape of a letter. On each letter page there are words that start with that intended letter. It...

  • Jared Kling

    I really enjoyed this book and thought that it was a great book for parents to read to their children. The illustrations were done beautifully with each page prominently showing of the letter of the A...