A is for Art: An Abstract Alphabet

by Stephen T. Johnson

In a sophisticated, clever exploration of visual and language arts, artist Stephen... read more

In a sophisticated, clever exploration of visual and language arts, artist Stephen T. Johnson offers an alliterative caption explaining each alphabetically-themed illustration he created for the volume. A photograph showing a huge stack of hot-pink inflatable mattresses entitled “Meditation on the Memory of a Princess” features the caption, “Motionless, a man-made, monochromatic magenta mass mimics multiple mattresses and makes a massive mound near a mini mauve marble.” In addition to offering readers interesting interpretations of letters through collage, painting, and sculpture, Johnson incorporates playful interaction with an “I spy” alphabet hunt. Whether paged through or pensively pondered, this skillfully designed book creatively questions the idea of art for a range of readers. (Ages 7–14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

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