There's a Monster in the Alphabet
James Rumford / Author, James Rumford / Illustrator Houghton M
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.
Reviewed on: 09/30/2002