Monday 17 October 2016

An Artist’s Alphabet

An Artist’s Alphabet by Norman Messenger (Walker Books) HB RRP $29.99 ISBN 9781406346763

Reviewed by Ashling Kwok

An Artist’s Alphabet is an exquisite alphabet book that will delight anyone who appreciates beautiful works of art. Flick through the pages and watch ordinary letters of the alphabet transform into incredible artworks that will take your breath away.

This intriguing book is overflowing with beautifully crafted images drawing on such themes and styles as botanical, woodblock, watercolour, mythology, classical and modern.

Go a visual journey and watch capital ‘A’ become an acrobat standing atop a horse. There’s a colony of beetles attached to the leaves they’ve munched, creating a big and small letter B. And two kingly beasts that create the letter K.

An Artist’s Alphabet was created by Norman Messenger, an established artist who gave us The Land of Never Believe and the wonderful Imagine. Just like his previous works, this book will have readers glued to every page as they study the stunning detail in each surreal image.

An Artist’s Alphabet is for readers of all ages. It is the perfect gift for art lovers and book collectors, and will make a fantastic coffee table book. It is unique and breathtaking, and a visual feast for the eyes.

A captivating book and highly recommended.

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