Thursday, May 7, 2009

Book Review #603
The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Gris Grimly
Rating: two stars (out of four)

If you get creeped out by the slightest dark illustration, I would suggest that you steer clear of this book.  But if you thrive on dark elements and don't mind the occasional grotesque drawing illustrating the children's plight in this story and are already a fan of Neil Gaiman, you will probably enjoy this book.  While I didn't think the drawings were horrific or anything, I was still slightly disturbed by some of them.  And I am quite glad that this book was not labeled under "children's" just because it was in that format.  For this book is most definitely not a children's book.  Calling it a juvenile book might also be a little on the edge.  Still, I enjoyed seeing the alphabet through Neil's eyes.

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