Illustrated alphabet book is deliberately difficult

Silent letters are celebrated in P is for Pterodactyl, a funny new picture book that describes itself as 'the worst alphabet book ever'. Instead of relying on the traditional 'a is for apple', this book explores "all the words that misbehave and make words nearly impossible to pronounce," so expect to find lots of Czars, tsunamis, and mnemonics.

Given that the English language is notorious for its contrary rules and counter-productive etiquettes, it's amazing that we haven't seen a mischievous book like P is for Pterodactyl on our list of 31 books graphic designers should read. And even though the words it uses to represent letters have a very limited use, they aren't technically wrong.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.