City Alphabet

City Alphabet - Matt Beam

City Alphabet - Matt Beam

City Alphabet (Groundwood Books, 2009)


The urban landscape is alive with words. They appear in every locale, material, and form imaginable. It’s this intriguing aspect of the city that Matt Beam has captured in his photographs — words spray-painted on walls, etched in concrete, carved into wood, stuck onto glass. He and Joanne Schwartz create a visually arresting alphabet book that documents the random occurrences of language all around us. The result is an edgy catalog of words from “art” to “zoo” that inspires readers to look more closely at their environments. This beautifully designed book is a small treasure for anyone who loves to explore the city in which they live.

“will immediately grab readers’ attention … encourages children to think about alternate ways of seeing their surroundings.” – Publishers Weekly

“Most inspiring is the potential for youngsters to use this urban alphabet as motivation to go out and find words where they live, discuss their purpose, and hear their own city speaking to them” – School Library Journal

“artfully constructed … will certainly have readers seeing their own cities with new eyes.” Kirkus Reviews

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