The Imaginary Alphabet

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$22.95  $21.34
Pajama Press
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8.98 X 12.2 X 0.71 inches | 1.98 pounds

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About the Author

Sylvie Daigneault, an award-winning commercial artist and author-illustrator originating from Montreal, Quebec, enjoyed painting and drawing from a young age. She studied at Montreal's École des Beaux-Arts and her works were featured at a variety of venues and galleries before she began focusing on her passion for children's illustration using coloured pencil. She has illustrated fifteen books, most memorably the Bruno series, The Good Garden, which won several awards and accolades, and Sarah Saw a Blue Macaw. Sylvie currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.


Praise for The Imaginary Alphabet

★"Dreamy colored pencil illustrations elevate this alphabet book to a work of art....depicted in meticulous detail within illustrations that will enchant adults and children alike."--Foreword★Starred Review

"A menagerie of merry and meticulously embellished animals mingles with witty wordsmithing and a whimsical search-and-find component to create an extravagant abecedary for an extensive audience in Sylvie Daigneault's glorious, oversized picture book, The Imaginary Alphabet....Its limited lexicon is sophisticated enough to satisfy linguists while still approachable for its intended audience of early and emerging readers. Animal lovers and I Spy series enthusiasts, especially those who appreciate elaborate detail in picture book art, should find special joy in perusing these pages. This ornate, alliterative, and interactive alphabetical adventure invites discovery as it delights admirers with its eccentric animal reveries."--Shelf Awareness, Maximum Shelf

"The author/illustrator uses layers of colored pencil, digitally enhanced, to achieve her attentive artwork, which feels elegant and spacious while sustaining a fanciful tone with childish appeal. This is a dreamy addition to personal shelves and library collections."--Shelf Awareness

"[T]his sophisticated yet whimsical, alphabet book lures readers into a fantastical alliterative rabbit hole and is visually captivating, with the utmost attention to detail.....children will be drawn to the stunning illustrations and gamelike details of the book, but the most interest will likely be shown by grown-ups nostalgic for Graeme Base's Animalia.... An enchanting, artistic interpretation of the alphabet, sure to delight readers from A to Z."--School Library Journal

"Alliterative lines accompany elaborate colored pencil drawings in this fantastical animal abecedarian for fans of Graeme Base....Daigneault's absorbing drawings incorporate vivid detail in depicting a wide range of subjects, and back matter guides readers seeking to identify objects tucked throughout."--Publishers Weekly

"An alliterative animal abecedarium for avid apprentices. This whimsical yet elegant alphabet book unfolds in a series of 26 vignettes. Daigneault crafts scenes bursting with opportunity for further exploration....Fun with phonics."--Kirkus Reviews

"Every member of the alphabet receives meticulous attention in this lovely look and find book. Beautiful endpapers preview all the letters; each featured in a large, serif font and decorated with relevant items....A complete list of every pictured item closes out the book, which will encourage kids to flip back and forth through the pages."--Youth Services Book Review

"Young children will enjoy exploring the vivid and meticulously detailed coloured pencil illustrations for their own sake while older children will enjoy the challenge of trying to identify every hidden alliterative clue while expanding their vocabularies...Highly Recommended."--CM Reviews

"The large picture book is beautifully executed with heavy pages and gorgeous art. Playful words invite readers to find more objects starting with each letter of the alphabet in the luscious illustrations....A fun new alphabet book for readers of all ages."--The International Educator