Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What's inside? The Alphabet Book

There are a thousand and one ABC books on the market, but Satoshi Kitamura brings his own quirky style to "What's inside?" 

Each page precedes the next two letters of the alphabet, with lots of objects in each illustration for inquiring toddlers to wrap their developing brains around. Kitamura's scratchy illustrations are chock full of detail so don't expect the usual A is for Apple, B is for Bear stuff here. 

We've read quite a few of Kitamura's books which are always a delicious mesh of westernised urban life suffused with an underlying current of pure fantasy. 

A novel approach to getting your young ones to learn their ABCs. 

Charlotte's best bit: I is for Iguana, J is for Jack in the Box. 

Daddy's favourite bit: The rat's cute little house. 

Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. We love this one too! Our favourite bit is the two tubes of toothpaste, m and n for morning and night! So clever!

  2. Indeed! He's an extremely talented illustrator, in fact half the fun of his books is finding all the extremely cool little details, in-jokes and cultural references Kitamura piles into his work. Definitely one of our favourite children's illustrators / Authors.


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