Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pick for the Older Sib: The Abcs of Rock

For our Pick for the Older Sibling, I'm giving a giant shout out for The ABCs of Rock. Seriously, you may purchase this one for yourself. It's on my coffee table right now.

Doesn't our classic rock culture just scream for an ABC book, starting with AC/DC and ending with ZZ Top? Pair Melissa Duke Mooney's picks with Print Mafia's edgy graphic renderings of icons from each band, and you have a lasting treasure. Twenty-six expressions of twenty-six bands. Think Andy Warhol meets Roy Lichtenstein.

You might use this work to introduce your favorite bands to your totz and their siblings. Is anyone really too young for Bob Dylan or Heart? There's also letter identification and cool objects to recognize and name: eyes, an elephant, a rocket ship, glasses, a camera. Concluding Art Notes from Print Mafia give their personal responses and thoughts to each feature.

Pick up this picture book, reminisce, share it with your groupie, and then rock on! As Iggy Pop says, "Have a ball with these ABCs of Rock."

The ABCs of Rock
by Melissa Duke Mooney
illustrated by Print Mafia
Tricycle Press, 2010

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