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Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears and Other

by Valorie Fisher

Paperback, 36 pages

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2009-09-04)

List Price: $10.99

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Amazon Description

Explore twenty-six amazing alphabet worlds, where every picture tells a tale! Meet Alistair, an alligator with an alarming appetite for acrobats; Igor, who sells irresistible...invisible...ice cream; and Holly, happily at home in her handbag. Visit Violet on vacation with a view of a volcano, marvel at Mario's mechanical moustache machine, and daydream with Dot about dainty dump trucks.

Children and adults alike will be delightfully dazzled by Valorie Fisher's creative and imaginative miniature worlds, as they have fun finding familiar objects all the way from A to Z.

One Potato Review

This is, not promisingly, a book built around the letters of the alphabet (“Carleton’s curious carousel captivated the colorful crowds”), but it’s also riveting to look at. Fisher photographs a miniature community of toys, and plastic figurines, and paper cut-outs, and many attics’ worth of junk and curiosities - all this against backgrounds (of stoops, and barns, and circus tents, and grocery aisles) that are often just a little unfocused so as to bring each of these alliterative dioramas even closer to real life. Well, maybe not real, but whatever better vision it was you had in mind when you used to like to play with that dollhouse, that castle, that Playmobile garage. With wacky, arty touches like a purse with a door and two windows (“Holly was hugely happy in her humble handbag home”) and a vocabulary not intimidated by children. In her acknowledgement the artist refers to this “enormously enjoyable endeavor,” which is every bit as fun to leaf through as it probably was to make.

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