September 6, 2011

Tiny Tot Tuesday: Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z

There are special books and then there are special books. And then there are Gyo Fujikawa books, which fall into a special realm of special. If I do nothing else with this blog other than make people aware of the Supreme Level of Awesome that exists within the cover of a Gyo Fujikawa book, I’ll have satisfied the main reason I began blogging. People need to know about amazing books and they really need to know about these books in particular. Why?

Gyo books are magic.

I wrote about Gyo at length in this post, so I’ll keep today’s Gyo dissertation a little less lengthy. My mom-in-law introduced me to the World of Gyo, and she gave us today’s book, ‘Gyo Fujikawa’s A to Z Picture Book’.

In my opinion, no other illustrator’s art is like Gyo’s. You will never anywhere see a more accurate and adorable reflection of the way real children think and live as you will in her art and in her books.

This ABC book is perfect for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and any child who is learning to read. Older children will be captivated by these books as well. I defy anyone not to fall under Gyo’s enchantment.
“S is for sunflowers, squirrels, strawberries, and snails.
S is for black-eyes Susans, and spiders, and Sam, the setter.
S is for summertime, sparrows, and snoozes in secret shelters”

If you are looking for an ABC book to start off your kiddo’s school year, this one is pretty much near perfect.

Do you have a favorite ABC book? The only other one that I think comes closest to touching the brilliance of Gyo’s ABC book is Dr. Suess’s ABC, but there are tons of really imaginative and gorgeously illustrated ABC books out there that are oodles of fun.


  1. Oh yes, Gyo Fujikawa! I need to start assembling my collection soon for baby!

  2. Yes yes! And the one you should get is 'Ten Little Babies', it's a Gyo book all about. . .BABIES! It's darling!

  3. Grandma Sue9/6/11, 10:25 PM

    For the older child, ANIMALIA by Graeme Base is wonderful. Incredible language and pictures-e.g. "Diabolical dragons daintily devouring delicious delicacies". Some pics may be scary for younger kids. J has enjoyed it at my house.

  4. Hey we have that book! Because you gave it to us!! I'm sensing a theme here, awesome books that we own that you gave us....:) ~Melissa

  5. Ten Little Babies is a little dark to me -- where do all the babies go? Why are they missing?!?

  6. HA HA HA HA Sarah! Maybe they went home to their mamas? Gyo's 'Baby Animals' is also very darling! And no one disappears. :) ~Melissa

  7. Love Gyo Fujikawa! Those illustrations would be a great nursery theme!

  8. You are SPOT ON Jennifer! These would be so fantastic for decor! ~Melissa