Quirky illustrated alphabet book offers an alternative ABC

From Butch the boisterous black bear to Paris the pretentious peacock, this is not your average alphabet.

"A is for Apple, B is for BORING..." say the authors of new children's alphabet book Alphabetics Patrick and Traci Concepción. Tired of the traditional, the design duo created this an alternate version of the alphabet, featuring creative new letter examples depicted with gorgeous retro-modern, topical illustrations by Dawid Ryski.

There's Stella the sultry seafaring sailor, Neville the nautical nomad, Daisy the dauntless diver and hellion Harlow and her honey Hans, to name a few. Each with a double page spread, the letters, in bold, black type, pop against a pure white background, swiftly followed by a short, creative paragraph explaining the beautiful illustration that graces the page opposite.

As the book's back cover describes, Alphabetics does, indeed, "put the awesome back into alphabet books".


Kerrie Hughes is associate editor at Creative Bloq. Her employment at Future Publishing began in January 2010 as staff writer for 3D World magazine. Since then, she's written regularly for other publications, including ImagineFX and Computer Arts magazines.