The Absolutely Awful Alphabet
Suppose each letter in the alphabet were some ghoulish creep. ("A is an awfully arrogant Amphibian. P, a particularly putrid Predator. Q, a quivering, quizzical Quacker...") You'd have the delightfully spooky and suspenseful version of the alphabet that is Mordicai Gerstein's.
With their blue tongues, frizzy black nose hairs, pointy fangs, and slit eyes, these letters are wonderfully terrible to behold. The best of the worst?
From Children's Literature:
"A" is not only Awful, to Mordicai Gerstein … it's an Amphibian! and it is Annoyed. And each of the letters' sentences stretch a child's imagination. It is fun, thoughtful, and not your usual alphabet book.
Words like Carnivore, Drooling, and Exterminate won't appear in spelling lists, but that could be a good thing for bright, bored children.