This is an amazing book. It's an alphabet book, but a very, very sophisticated one. Each of the twenty-six gorgeously rendered paintings is made up of myriad items beginning with the corresponding letter of the alphabet. And not just concrete objects, but things like a Painter, Painting a Partially finished Panda. There are national flags, there are morse code, semaphore, rune, Hebrew, and sign language versions of letters; mythological references, obscure symbols, quirky visual puns, and much, much more. Most of the illustrations have between 200 and 500 words represented, with over a thousand for the letter "S"! The illustrations are glorious, with glowing, jewel-like colors, and somehow avoid looking cluttered or haphazard despite the vast array of items pictured. If you love words and/or puzzles, this is indeed the ultimate book. I guarantee you'll spend hours with it, and discover new things each time you look. Art lovers will be enchanted, too; the book opens with the author/artist's detailed description of his creative process. Definitely worth looking for!