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ABC pop!
Isadora, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by illustrations in a pop art style.
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From airplane to zing, zap, zoom, this witty alphabet book explodes with energy, color, and fun. Rachel Isadora combines an amusing homage to such pop art masters as Lichtenstein, Warhol, and Oldenburg, with a sure knowledge of the images children find intriguing. ABC Pop! will make readers see everyday -- and not-so-everyday -- objects in an exciting new way.

Author Notes

Rachel Isadora was born and raised in New York City. Rachel studied at the School of American Ballet and was a dancer with the Boston Ballet until a foot injury. She went from being a ballet dancer to an author and illustrator.

The first title she wrote and illustrated was Max. Since then she has written many others including Golden Bear, Ben's Trumpet, Nick Plays Baseball, Caribbean Dream, Mr. Moon and Not Just Tutus.

Her works have earned her several awards including the Caldecott Honor Award and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award. Her title Max, was named an ALA Notable Book.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-7. In a radical departure from her picture books about the dance, Isadora offers an homage to pop art in the form of an alphabet book. From Airplane to Zing! Zoom! Zap! her vividly colored images with their heavy black outlines evoke the graphic look of Roy Lichtenstein and, to a lesser degree, Andy Warhol. A few of her most arresting images--a gorgeously geometric xylophone and a black-and-white image of a trumpeter (Louis Armstrong?)--may be more appealing to adults than to children. But, for the most part, her visuals are kid friendly: a jack-in-the-box, hot dogs, lollipops, etc. That the images range in size from double-page spreads to single pages subdivided into as many as nine small images adds dynamic touches to the page turn; and a number of the pages--notably, Yo-Yo and Kitchen--are inherently kinetic. Isadora's artfully energetic book will appeal to eyes of all ages. Michael Cart

Publisher's Weekly Review

With a tip of her hat to such '60s icons as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg, Isadora (The Little Mermaid) whips out a zinger of an ABC book. Playing her retro riff across the pages, she blends strongly linear graphics and repetitive images with such signature elements of pop as polka-dot shading and bold, cartoon-like outlining. For the letter H, for instance, a trio of hot dogs parade across a white background, while a quartet of pigs in harmonious shades of pink, green and blue do a Warholesque turn for the letter P. Primary colors combine with accents in aqua, hot pink and avocado green to resurrect (and even superimpose) visual puns from the past, such as a daisy, that ubiquitous '60s symbol, held by The Manchurian Candidate's Queen of Hearts (for the letter Q, of course). The book ends with a "Zing! Zoom! Zap!", the words encased in the kind of explosively jagged comic book bubbles that mark Roy Lichtenstein's works. Even the endpapers and dust jacket continue the theme, as a sassy "Bye-Bye" bids readers farewell from the back cover. Baby boomers will find this artistic homage a nostalgic hoot, while their offspring will appreciate its verve. All ages. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 5Isadora, whose impressionistic-style images have beguiled many a reader, turns her hand to pop art in this exuberant alphabet book. In a tribute to Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Claes Oldenburg, she matches letter with object in imaginative ways that are right on a childs wavelength. B, for example, finds King Kong heading up the Empire State Building, H showcases three plump hot dogs (each with a different topping), N sports a long-nosed Pinocchio, U finds an umpire calling safe as a player slides into base, and Y consists of a series of swinging yo-yos. The artist carefully varies the pages: some are double-page spreads, such as W, where a spider crawls over a large but fragile-looking web; others repeat an image, such as P, which features four pigs in either blue, olive, lavender, or pink, all shaded with black dots in comic-book style. The energy and bright colors will captivate young viewers; for older readers, this could make a great lead-in to Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordans The Painters Eye (Delacorte, 1994).Barbara Elleman, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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