Arches to Zigzags introduces its audience
(both young and old) to the world of architecture through the alphabet.
It challenges young readers with new words and images, while adults will
widen their own knowledge of architecture. Captivating images and
clever wordplay entertain folks of all ages to explore the built
environment. The book begins its journey through architecture with an
Arch (for the letter A), then a Balcony, and next on to Column Capitals.
Along the way, readers will learn about some less-familiar
architectural examples (like Finial, for instance), Keystone, Obelisk,
and Quoin. Each letter and its corresponding image are described with
light verse, which asks the reader some quick questions about what they
see. This colourful, lively, and entertaining book closes with some
thoughts about what architecture is, why it's important, and where
you'll find examples of architecture in the buildings you visit and use
every day. There's also information on the location and history of each
of the 26 beautiful images in the book, in case you want to check them
out on your own. Created by an architect, writer, photographer, and
librarian, Arches to Zigzags connects architecture with the letters of the alphabet, from A to Z.
Publisher: Oro Editions
Number of pages: 48
Weight: 440 g
Dimensions: 273 x 241 mm
"With so many alphabet books on the market, do we really need another? In this case, the answer is a resounding yes, mainly because here the alphabet is not the focus but rather a device to introduce kids to neat architectural features--balcony, finial, gargoyle, quoin, and the like. Each entry includes a clever four-line verse by Crosbie--an architect himself--and a striking picture by the Rosenthals, who run a business specializing in architectural photography. Here's what Crosbie writes for the letter "V": "A hole in the wall / To bring fresh air through. / Could this vent be home / To a small bird or two?" On the final four pages, each term is more succinctly defined, and readers learn where all 26 photos were shot. This is a top-notch primer." --Stephen Del Vecchio and Blake Hume Rodman