An Annoying ABC – news and reviews

“A is for one awesome, amusing, antic alphabet book.”(!) – Starred review – Kirkus Review

“The hilarity lies in the illustrations, typical Emberley style, done in pencil and watercolors.”  “Emberley’s spirited pencil and watercolor cartoons nearly sing from the pages”. –  starred review, Kirkus Reviews.

“Emberley gives it a true story, one that will have kids gasping and giggling(!) – GoodReads/Marika McCoola

Anyone who thinks life is a breeze for abecedarians should check out this knowing and very funny primer from Bottner and Emberley. Bottner’s deadpan, minimalist text inspires Emberley to some terrific portraits in extremis–this isn’t just an alphabet book, it’s an encyclopedia of kindergarten deportment, from aggression to zealotry – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, July 25, 2011:

My New Book, An Annoying ABC, Written by Barbara Bottner, and Published by Knopf, is just out and beginning to getting reviews. She reviewed the book recently in one of the big review houses, Kirkus, which uses many reviewers, including Julie Danielson, who is also an accomplished blogger. Below is an excerpt from a recent entry of hers featuring the new book on the amazing children’s book blog – “Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast”, run by Jules Danielson.

“If you missed last week’s Kirkus column, I discussed the newest picture book titles from Peter BrownMichael Emberley, and Adam Gudeon. But you know I can’t talk about picture books without also showing lots of art and sketches,…..”      Below is a page from my sketchbook working out the climax of a kindergarten meltdown in alphabetical order…