ABC Oakland


Hardcover, 8 x 10, 32 pages, with full-color illustrations throughout. ISBN: 9781597143714. Available on Aerio and at your local independent bookstore.

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By Michael Wertz


A is for Aviary, a home for the birds; B is for Broadway, from College to Third. C is for Cranes standing tall in the sky; D is for Dogs, wagging tails, saying “hi!” This enchanting picture book highlights landmarks and themes that exemplify Oakland’s unique culture, from the myriad food trucks on International Boulevard to the giant redwoods that stretch up to the sky. Michael Wertz’s bold, whimsical prints and jaunty text reflect the city’s energetic and wonderfully diverse atmosphere. Bursting with civic pride, ABC Oakland encourages children and adults alike to explore the possibilities that “the Town” has to offer.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Michael Wertz is an illustrator and printer whose clients include the San Francisco Chronicle; Bill Graham Presents; Chronicle Books; the de Young Museum; the Exploratorium; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Gingko Press; Oaklandish; Random House; the New York Times; Nike; the Oakland Museum of California; Scholastic; SFMOMA; the United Way; and Wired. He is the author of A Dazzling Display of Dogs and A Curious Collection of Cats, and he lives in beautiful Oakland, California. His website is wertzateria.com.