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Bea Nettles: A is for Applebiting Alligators

A is for Applebiting Alligators
Rochester, NY: self-published, 1974
Printed at Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY
Edition of 200
Bound volume with offset lithographs, screen prints, and mock-alligator vinyl slipcase
Collection of the artist

First created for her young nephew, A is for Applebiting Alligators was the first project Nettles made specifically for children. It explores, as Nettles notes, “the power of words, their sounds, and the use of puns and humor.” The book is filled with alliterations that appeal to the reader’s senses, such as “cuddly cats” and “zillions of zooming zebras..” Read the book on the tablet in this section. Look for the tablet to see the rest of this book. Read the book with someone who is with you. What is your favorite image in the book? If you could have one of these animals as a pet, which one would it be, and why?