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An Alphabet of Celebrities

Oliver Herford

Book Overview: 

learning the alphabet through famous historical figures

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Community Reviews

Good drawings. Would acquaint the young with the important from a particular viewpoint in the past. My favorite page: "O is for Oliver, casting aspersion on Omar, that awfully dissolute Persian, Thought secretly longing to join the diversion."

Name dropping at its best.

In “An Alphabet of Celebrities”, writer and artist Oliver Herford attempts a more sophisticated look at the traditional alphabet book. Aimed at a literate adult rather than the more traditional pre-schooler, this alphabet incorporates famed individuals – real and fictitious – from art, literature, s