ANNOUNCEMENT
After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

36. The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly

#36



Title: The Dangerous Alphabet
Authors: Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 4-30-08

Told through 13 rhyming couplets and accompanying illustrations, Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly's The Dangerous Alphabet is a delightful (if suspiciously inaccurate) study of the alphabet. We follow the adventures of 2 children, their pet gazelle and their treasure map as they travel underground, on adventures both macabre and perilous, as the alphabet is presented in conjunction with the story.

The story is fun and the rhymes imaginative, but the art is the star here. Gris Grimly's illustrations bring the story to life, and really add an element of almost the grotesque to the story. From the almost rag doll likeness of the children, to the ghosts and ghoulies that inhabit the underground, Grimly's illustration are both beautiful and disturbing at the same time. Take time to study each page, as you'll discover something new each time you look at it.

4 comments:

Naomi said...

Not that many people are as familiar with Mr Grimly's work as they are with Mr Gaiman's, so I'd like to direct them to Mad Creator Productions, Mr Grimly's website, where they can see more of his art (and maybe pick up a tshirt): http://www.madcreator.com/

tapestry100 said...

Thanks for pointing out his website.

Brent Higgins said...

Reminds me a LOT of Al Columbia's work

Charley said...

I like this book, although I think it might have scared me as a child. Gris Grimly certainly has a cool artistic style. Sadly, it took me 2 readings to realize why the alphabet could not be trusted.