cover image Backseat A-B-See

Backseat A-B-See

Maria van Lieshout. Chronicle, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4521-0664-9

In a visual departure from van Lieshout’s previous books, this alphabetical tribute to road signs rolls along glossy black pages designed to look like highway blacktop with a dotted white center line. Each letter of the alphabet is paired with a familiar road sign (No Entry, Stop, Yield, etc.). Van Lieshout keeps the formula simple, allowing readers to make their own connections between the white capital letters and the images (Q stands for “Quack,” which appears on a yellow sign showing ducks crossing). Backseat drivers will enjoy learning the language of the road along with their ABCs. Ages 3–6. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)