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The Dangerous Alphabet

The Dangerous Alphabet
Author: Neil Gaiman
ISBN 13: 9780060783358
ISBN 10: 60783354
Edition: 1 Reprint
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2010-07-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
List Price: $6.99

A is for Always, that's where we embark . . .

Two children, treasure map in hand, and their pet gazelle sneak past their father, out of their house, and into a world beneath the city, where monsters and pirates roam.

Will they find the treasure? Will they make it out alive?

The Dangerous Alphabet is a tale of adventure, piracy, danger, and heroism told in twenty-six alphabetical lines—although even the alphabet is not to be relied upon here. A delightfully dangerous journey from national bestselling author Neil Gaiman and the monstrously talented Gris Grimly, The Dangerous Alphabet is sure to captivate and chill young readers.

Children's Literature

AGERANGE: Ages 5 up.

Neil Gaiman's idiosyncratic science fiction world is not to everyone's taste, but those to whom it appeals will love this alphabet book. They will find Crimly's sepia- toned drawings somewhat reminiscent of Edmund Gorey, a perfect fit with the sparse text. Two children with a treasure map progress through the alphabet and a sewer system filled with monsters and pirates to emerge safely at Z. This is a tale for the reader to construct, one that refuses to be reduced to a simple story line. Each reading is likely to suggest a new interpretation. We are warned from the start that even the story's alphabet is not to be trusted. "C" for example is said to be "the way that we find and we look," but the illustrations show that the letter is both a pun for "see." At the same time the page is filled with clocks. In any case, this is clearly not a book to hand a young child to develop alphabetic awareness. It is meant for children and adults who have a slightly ghoulish sense of humor. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry