Animals Spell Love

Animals joyously spell out the word “love” in languages from around the world. From Czech to Korean to American Sign Language, here are sixteen ways to say “love” in this ingeniously, and gorgeously, designed and illustrated picture book.

Children and adults will delight in the way Cundy shapes the letters from and with animals. The Amharic word that makes a cheetah’s face, the ladybugs made from the French word “l’amour,” the Japanese koy catching a valentine — open your world to all these ways to say “love” (pronunciations included).

An impressive demonstration of text as art.
Publishers Weekly

This may perhaps be the very best book for Valentine’s Day. A book to be shared by adults with children, gorgeous graphic designs explain the meaning of love from sixteen different languages from around the world, showing there are indeed “countless ways” to show and feel love.
Katherine Nevins, Concord Monitor

Unique and special, “Animals Spell Love” is very highly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers.
Midwest Book Review

A beautiful children’s book that gives new meaning to the phrase ‘love letters.’ Animals, alphabets, languages and cultures come together to weave a story about love and its many forms and meanings.
—Beaverdale Books

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David Cundy wrote his debut children’s book, Animals Spell Love, following his long career in the graphic arts. David has designed type at Linotype in New York and with the renowned type designer Matthew Carter in London. His graphic design firm, Design Trust, has created graphics for many organizations, including the Brooklyn Museum, Columbia University, and the Parsons School of Design. David has served on the board of directors of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and has taught in Yale’s graduate graphic design program.