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The Dangerous Alphabet Paperback – Jul 27 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 Reprint edition (July 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060783354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060783358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 27.9 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.



Gris Grimly is a children's book illustrator who moonlights in painting and filmmaking. Some of his best-known works include Gris Grimly's Frankenstein, Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Madness and Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia, and Neil Gaiman's bestselling picture book The Dangerous Alphabet. He lives in Los Angeles.


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Format: Paperback
As an adult if I purchased the book for me I would certainly "The Dangerous Alphabet" 5 stars. However, I don't think the book suits all in its 5 and up audience. Granted some kids are less sensitive to the dark side of things than others but I found the content was a little to dark for the 5 and up age range. Though I will say, having been familiar with Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly's work, it wasn't entirely unexpected. Which is why I haven't read it to my daughter. I'm a fan of Gris Grimly so for me the artwork is a treat but I do think it may be a bit too creepy for some children. The implication in some of the images is not something I feel comfortable exposing my daughter to at this point. While I enjoy the pictures that doesn't mean its the kind of thing I find appropriate for my young child. If your child is able to properly differentiate fiction from life and is not easily scared then it might not be an issue. Personally I think the age range should start closer to 8 or 10. The rhymes are cute but for some of the letters a rather large stretch. "C is the way that we find and we look;" really? I am going to keep this book for myself and if my daughter is interested I will certainly share it with her when she is older. My only advice is read it yourself first before reading it to your child. If you think your children will be fine with it then enjoy!
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By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on March 11 2009
Format: Hardcover
Virtually a poem written in rhyming couplets this alphabetical (A is for...) verse tells the tale of a journey two children take looking for treasure. The poem itself is vague but it is the illustrations which bring the story to life. Extremely detailed with many events happening on each page, one lingers looking deep inside each picture before turning the page. The illustrations add to the text by showing a story of the brother and sister traveling through an ancient sewer-type of environment and the sister gets kidnapped by some ugly looking dudes. The brother then follows them trying to be a hero and rescue his sister. Not recommended as an ABC book for young children as, for one thing, the alphabet is not entirely in order and the author uses creative licence for what the letters stand for such as "Y's your last question", "U are the reader" and "L is, like 'eaven...". Also the pictures are quite creepy with very creepy creatures, skeletons and lots of bones. For the appropriate age it is a fun book with especially fun illustrations.
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Format: Hardcover
this alphabet book was almost reminiscent of that tim burton book for kids in that it picks up on a darker mood, but in my opinion it was done much better than tim burton's. it was about these two kids who go on an adventure in some sort of sewer and come across these monsters who want to do bad things to the kids, but they escape by the end. the book rhymes and there's one line per page, which is accompanied by a great illustration depicting the rhyme. the illustrations match the overall mood of the book, and an example can be seen on the cover. i don't know if it's for young children, though i'd try anyways as everything is so white washed nowadays and anything not max and ruby sets your heart racing. it was well done though.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of Neil Gaiman, I've got a weakness for nasty alphabets, and I love a good picture book, so I didn't hesitate to buy this as soon as I heard about it. Money well spent. The artwork by Gris Grimly is astonishing. There's lots to look for here: the picture that accompanies each letter is full of things that start with that letter. On the "M" page, for instance, look for mirrors, milk, mice, mousetraps, manacles, meat, and ... maggots! I'm sure I haven't discovered everything yet.
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Format: Hardcover
Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly are the perfect couple for this dark alphabet. I love how a simple concept has created a truly terrifying and intriguing book. When I first opened the book at the library, there was so much to look at, and I immediately sought this book out to buy for my own collection. The words make you whisper in your deepest, creepiest voice. You can also spend the better part of an hour just looking at the pictures. This definitely is not for little ones, unless you want to be staying up with them all night.
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