Friday, December 15th, 2017

Funky alphabet books for punk and metal fans


I just got to read two very different alphabet books. Never Mind Your P’s and Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet and M is for Metal:The Loudest Alphabet Book on Earth are not for kids who love Disney characters.

The books are the works of Sydney artist/designer, Paul McNeil and renowned Sydney journalist/writer, Barry Divola. From A to Z, there’s rhyming and illustrations that are described as Spinal Tap meets The Simpsons. In the Punk Alphabet book, there are a couple pages that surprised me.

For example on the letter N:

N is for Nancy
She and Sid hung about
they lived in a hotel
but never checked out

I felt a little weird reading that to my 3-year-old. He doesn’t understand what it means of course, he just looked at the illustration. That said, the two books are really not for preschoolers. I think they’re more fit for kids ages 11 and up to be honest. Do I really want my little one to learn the term U is for Up Yours?

If you’re a rebellious parent, then you might want to get them at They are $32 each.

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