There's a Monster in the Alphabet

James Rumford, Author, James Rumford, Illustrator
James Rumford, Author, James Rumford, Illustrator Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $16 (40p) ISBN 978-0-618-22140-0
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For older readers, the myth of Cadmus (reputed to have brought the alphabet to Greece) is reimagined in There's a Monster in the Alphabet by James Rumford. The author explains what each letter stood for (""A was once a picture of an ox""; N, the monster's serpentine curves), and weaves the history into a story. Glorious illustrations call to mind the images of a Grecian urn, set against a backdrop of fiery orange, black and purple watercolors.
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