The Hidden Alphabet (2nd Edition)


Written and illustrated by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan/December 2010
(Other editions: 1st edition/October 2003)

Here is a fresh and imaginative way to look at the alphabet.  Turn to the first page and you’ll be greeted by a picture of an arrowhead, surrounded by a simple black frame.  Once you lift the frame, you’ll find the arrowhead is magically transformed into the letter A.  And so it goes, from Balloons, Cloud, and Door through Leaf and Mice to Yolk and Zipper.  Bold distinctive images and a simple yet ingenious format make this an alphabet book to treasure.

American Library Association Notable Children’s Book, 2004

Child Magazine Best Book of 2003
New York Public Library Best Book for Giving and Sharing, 2003
NBC Today Show Best Book for Gift Giving, 2003
Kirkus Best Book of 2003
Children’s Literature 2004 Choices Best Book
Capitol Choices 2004 Noteworthy Book for Children
CCBC Choices Best Book of 2003
Eric Carle Museum Picture Book of Distinction, 2003

starred review/Kirkus Reviews
“An outstanding alphabet book… Each page comes as an ingenious surprise… Beautifully designed, fascinating to browse and eminently successful.”

starred review/Publishers Weekly
“An artful ABC… A sophisticated presentation… The design is unerringly elegant.”

starred review/School Library Journal
HIDDEN ALPHABET is a visual delight… Seeger’s sophisticated paintings make this a fascinating artistic experience as well as a learning opportunity.”

Horn Book
“A concept book with a capital C… This is great bookmaking, and a
snazzy-though sophisticated-addition to the alphabet bookshelf.

“Striking graphic design… A book that manages to be both child friendly and visually exciting.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Each page is executed with polish and panache…This is begging for use in art class.”