I recently got a look at Alphabetica: Odes to the Alphabet, Diana Spieker and Krista Skehan’s mind-blowing alphabet book filled with multisyllabic metaphors and modern, deep-inked illustrations.
This book bursts with detail. Each page contains more than twenty individual pictures, and the poet in me appreciates the meter and complexity of each stand-alone verse. You could easily pull out any page and frame it.
Alphabetica started as a collection of whimsical poems written by Spieker for her baby son. Spieker thought maybe she’d taken the collection down to the local copy shop and have them bound up as a gift for her baby — and now she’s got a full-scale business featuring placemats, bookmarks, and postcards based on the book. I is for “impressive.” -Rita