Alphabet City

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Viking, 1995 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
54 Reviews
The urban landscape will never look the same again. As Stephen T. Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can contain the letter "A" while lampposts alongside a highway can form a row of elegant, soaring Ys. A 1996 Caldecott Honor book, this sophisticated, wordless alphabet book is sure to appeal to young and old alike.

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This book has beautiful photographs. - LibraryThing
The illustrations are wonderful. - LibraryThing
Students can get practice writing the letters. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Adam Hathcock - Goodreads

Despite being a Caldecott Award winner, I couldn't justify giving Alphabet City a higher rating. As a young adult, I loved the book being that it provides not only the alphabet in a different ... Read full review

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User Review  - Star Sanders - Goodreads

As a college student, I greatly appreciate all the detail that went into illustrating this book. However, I think some of the letters especially "C"and "G" and "Q" would be difficult for preschoolers ... Read full review

About the author (1995)

Stephen T. Johnson is the creator of such well-known children's books as the "Publishers Weekly" bestseller "My Little Red Toolbox", the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner "My Little Yellow Taxi", the Caldecott Honor and "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book of the Year "Alphabet City", and the "New York Times" Best Illustrated and ALA Notable Book "A Is for Art". His drawings and paintings are in numerous private and permanent collections, including the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and a mosaic mural at the DeKalb Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York. Johnson and his family live in Lawrence, Kansas. Visit him at

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