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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

The Amicus Book of ABC
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The Amicus Book of ABC

9781681525686
Isobel Lundie

 

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates the letters of the alphabet with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of Animals
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The Amicus Book of Animals

9781681525709
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar animals associates their behaviors with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of Colors
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The Amicus Book of Colors

9781681525716
Isobel Lundie

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates colors with simple descriptive language to foster recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of 123
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The Amicus Book of 123

9781681525693
Isobel Lundie

 

A graphic paper-collage of familiar objects associates counting with simple descriptive language to foster number recognition and reading.



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The Amicus Book of ABC
9781681525686
The Amicus Book of Animals
9781681525709
The Amicus Book of Colors
9781681525716
The Amicus Book of 123
9781681525693

The Amicus Book of . . .

Unique collage art using recycled maps and marbled papers illustrates these alphabet and number board books for toddlers. The large letters and numbers and simple descriptions of familiar, objects help foster letter and number recognition, while whole descriptive language and repeated words create a fun story time read.

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Complete Series of 4: your price $35.96

READING LEVEL: GRADE K AND UP
  • Formats: Board Book

  • Pages: 10

  • Trim Size: 5.9" x 5.9"

Kirkus - The Amicus Book of ABC,
October 15, 2018

“A collage-based approach to the ABC’s. In both this book and the co-published The Amicus Book of 123, Lundie couples expertly rendered graphic collage with onomatopoeia-packed text to introduce children to the alphabet and counting, respectively. The illustrations in these books are particularly impressive, featuring layers and textures that make the images bounce off the pages: The jar of ‘jelly’ has satisfying globs of strawberry goo surrounding an octagonal jar. While the pictures in ABC are child friendly—including a friendly dinosaur, a goofy-looking goat, and a kite that swishes across the page—the images in 123, which include a fried egg and house plants, feel more adult. In both books, small missteps, such as choosing ‘ship’ for S in ABC, thereby using a blend instead of the phonetic sound, and placing six collaged bees atop a low-contrast waxy yellow background in 123 indicate a lack of familiarity with best practices for introducing children to letters and counting. Generally, though, the detailed pictures coupled with the verb-packed text in both books give readers a delightful feeling of motion, and the vocabulary and text are well suited to beginning readers who are just starting to recognize words and letters. With its companion, colorful, beautifully illustrated additions to the ABC and 123 shelves. ”

A Fuse #8 Production (SLJ Blog),
December 1, 2019

“Ah! Initially there was some fear that this would turn out to be yet another coffee table board book where the parents ooo and coo over the art and the babies would rather be chewing on the coffee table itself than read it. What Lundie does that stands out is engage in this delightful, chewy repetition that goes on with a lot of the people, places and things being featured. The artist, 'goes splat, splat, splat with my paint.' Jelly is, 'Yum, yum, so good in my tum.' And, yes, the art is magnificent. Not so high contrast that you’d use it with a very young child, but perfect for those squirmy one-year-olds at bedtime. Love it!”—Elizabeth Bird

Kirkus Reviews - The Amicus Book of Animals,
February 2020

“Meet a varied assortment of animals and learn a brief fact about each one. There’s no question that the collage-style art here is striking. Boldly clipped animals pose in a sophisticated, modern-looking palette of desaturated primary colors. Illustrator Lundie collages with innovative papers, including weathered graph paper, cardboard, and old maps. Put together, they create a deep, satisfyingly textured feel, as when an old map becomes a cragged iceberg behind aqua waves and a languid-looking narwhal. Textually though, the book flags. One-line factoids such as ‘Leopard: I’ve got too many spots to count’ are correct but bland. There’s no overt connection among the animals, which hail from many habitats, and their labelled sounds are random—why is the readily recognized toucan presented sleeping with a generic ‘zzzz’ noise? The end falls utterly flat, with a confusing raccoon page that suddenly breaks the predictable pattern by introducing a rhetorical question and a peculiar final page featuring a reprisal of all the animals making their strangely chosen sounds: ‘Oh no! It’s all of us. What a terrible noise!’ A companion book on colors features the same lively art but the same dull, nonsensical statements (‘Pink is a pretty color’); at least the ending, which asks readers to identify all the colors, is less strained. Extra-thick cardboard pages will hold up to multiple reads. Handsome but odd.”