This is the first post of the A to Z Blog Challenge. As promised, I’m doing a double theme. Each post this month will feature an Alphabet book (ABC picture book) and an installment of my own alphabetical story.
After today, all posts will have a link to the previous installments and book picks.
A is for Abstract Alphabet
I almost didn’t pick this awesome alphabet book because I didn’t get it. Then the pattern-seeking part of my brain realized something: these were not just randomly placed shapes.
I flipped back to the handy key in the front. This book was “written” in a cipher! If you know the code, you are able to decipher each of the 26 animals hidden in the pop-art pages.
As the jacket flap of the book questions, “If the symbols were different from the letters we know would they still spell words?”
Of course they would! Abstract Alphabet uses a substitution cipher to create works of art on each page, using the shapes to spell out words. Each shape is used to represent a letter. You get your first hint which shapes represent which letters from the cover. Can you guess what A is going to look like?
I go off on a tangent about what Substitution Ciphers are and how to create them, but if you don’t care about that, the first installment of THE GREAT ALPHABET DISASTER IS BELOW.
A was bent out of shape.
His usually Awesome Apple looked Absolutely AWFUL.
dents in the red parts.
And the yellow parts had become an unappetizing brown.
It was almost Applesauce!
Who would make his Apple look so Appalling?
A set off in an attempt to find out.
Follow A’s Adventures All the way through April…
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)