The Dangerous Alphabet written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Gris Grimly is a fun alphabet book with a dark twist. The pictures in this book follow a brother, sister, and their pet as they sneak away from their dad to go on a treasure hunt beneath the city. The siblings travel through the story fighting monsters and pirates. When his sister gets tricked and taken, it’s up to the brother to get her back. Armed with his wooden sword he chases down the monsters that took her and, ignoring all dire warnings, attempts to save her. Will he manage to save his sister, find the treasure, and get safely home before their dad realizes they are gone? Of course each stage of the siblings’ journey is dangerous, but especially sharp eyed readers will see why not only the monsters, but also the alphabet itself that’s being spelled, is dangerous and not to be trusted. Each page starts off with a letter of the alphabet and the short sentences keep you wanting to read more. The pictures in this book are original and full of fun details. Parents and children alike with enjoy this adventure story.
If you find you like Gris Grimly’s unique illustrations, the library also has a few other picture books illustrated by him, plus a graphic novel interpretation of the classic story of Frankenstein. Neil Gaiman also has several other books in the library’s collection; some picture books and some chapter books, plus his most well-known work – a series of graphic novels for adults called The Sandman.
You can get the book reviewed here and more great titles to watch, read, listen to, or play with at the Port Library at 1718 N. Hersey in Beloit, on the North Campus. This is director Rachel Malay, saying “Thanks for checking us out!”
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimley
ISBN: 0060783354, 34 p., fully illustrated
Children's Picture Books