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Awake Beautiful Child

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; Gracia Lam (illus.)

ABC_CoverToronto illustrator Gracia Lam lends her artistic talent to American author Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s gorgeous and whimsical picture book, which uses the first three letters of the alphabet as the jumping-off point for a series of three-word phrases describing everyday events. A birthday party scene features Lam’s stylized, retro-tinged illustrations rendered in ombré pinks and purples and Rosenthal’s quirky wordplay: “Another Bright Candle,” “Atop Birthday Cake,” “Amazing Balloon Creation.” Awake Beautiful Child is a visual treat, and a fun twist on the alphabet book.