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    DescriptionEvery family needs an alphabet book. That's a given. Nat Iwata has been doing steampunk art for several years in the video game industry, and now he has illustrated a visually compelling, fun-for-all-ages Steampunk Alphabet book that is approachable both to fans and those unfamiliar with Steampunk. In light of that, while all of the illustrations are total Steampunk, the opening 'letter sentence' for each page is a familiar word. For example "A is for Apple." The idea of taking everyday ordinary things and reimagining them as Steampunk is sure to be a crowd pleaser, and especially appeal to all of the hipster parents. The second part of each page is a description of the object as set in the Steampunk world. This portion will be more enjoyable to older kids and adults to enjoy, while the book could be read entirely with just the 'letter sentences' for younger readers.


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    Title
    Steampunk Alphabet
    Authors and contributors
    Illustrated by Nat Iwata
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 56
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 155 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781937359409
    ISBN 10: 1937359409
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: NFXX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y5.1
    DC21: 421.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Merchandise Category: JUV
    BIC subject category V2: YQA
    DC22: E
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 84
    B&T General Subject: 213
    Ingram Subject Code: CH
    Libri: I-CH
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 12910
    B&T Book Type: EN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JUV009010
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: JNF006000
    DC22: 306/.1
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: JUV062000
    LC classification: HM646 .I93 2013
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: YFG, YPAB, YBLA
    BIC E4L: NXX, YAR
    Illustrations note
    Color illustrations throughout
    Publisher
    Cameron & Company Inc
    Imprint name
    Cameron & Company Inc
    Publication date
    25 June 2013
    Publication City/Country
    California
    Author Information
    Nat Iwata is a video game artist who lives with his wife and three boys in Vancouver, WA.
    Review quote
    "A" is still for apple in Iwata's first children's book (which began life on Kickstarter), but his is "an apple-shaped music box made to revere/ the Capital's founding of two hundred years." A wood-and-brass apple appears opposite, complete with a keyhole and gears, and 25 alphabetical eccentricities follow, from a steam-powered candle with an light bulb to an mechanical fish outfitted with "surveillance devices." Sidebars in a handwritten font share additional details about the history and workings of Iwata's imagined mechanisms, which will pique imaginations young and old, along with his lovingly detailed images. Ages 2--6. (June) - Publishers Weekly Having just finished China Mieville's Railsea, I was in a steampunk kinda mood when I entered the Horn Book office on Friday morning and, as I passed the "Out of the Box" box, saw Nathanael Iwata's The Steampunk Alphabet (Cameron + Company, June 2013) right at the top of the pile. Perfect. This book is exactly as it sounds: it is a children's steampunk alphabet. Beginning with "A" and moving through to "Z," each letter of the alphabet is equipped with a bold, and colorful illustration of an artifact and an explanation of its use. The alphabet begins quite classically -- "A for apple" -- but the illustration makes it clear that this is no ordinary apple: it appears to be wooden and is covered with dials and gears, has a keyhole, and is emitting a cloud of smoke. The description informs us that the apple is "an apple-shaped music box made to revere/ The Capital's founding of two hundred years" and that the item is "rare, as most of them were lost in the colony wars." The Steampunk Alphabet continues in this vein, depicting one unique steam-powered item after the next (a magnetic nest, an armored umbrella, a mechanical fish), all presumably from a past the reader must decipher from the textual clues. While the linear story that these items relate back to remains a mystery, the imaginative building of that tale can be fantastically fun. Though Iwata has succumbed to the use of verse to make it clear that his work is for children, The Steampunk Alphabet is an enjoyable read. In my opinion, this alphabet book is really for the parent who wants a twist on the "A is for apple" setup. The adult reader can create her own imaginative steampunk past while reading aloud perfectly kid-comprehensible "F is for fish, G is for goggles, H is for helmet" sentences. Overall, an odd, but very cool book. - The Horn Book "B is for Balloon: The Billows Balloon was a sight to be seen It could carry a speaker, a clock or a screen Steam powered thrusters and hot air for lift Would keep it in place instead of adrift." -- from the book