Product DescriptionC is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book is a lushly illustrated, premium alphabet board book, featuring monsters and characters inspired by the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft. C is for Cthulhu is written by Jason Ciaramella, Eisner Award nominated author of comics and graphic novels (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Magic: The Gathering), and illustrated by Greg Murphy, a brilliant digital artist and illustrator working in the toy and video game industry.
- 26 Lovecraft-themed illustrations, featuring Cthulhu, H.P., Hastur, Black Goat, Eldritch, and many more!
- Durable, laminated board book with a spot-UV treated cover, ready to stand up to countless bedtime readings!
- Certain to help your little monsters learn their letters and their lore!
- The perfect blend of creepy and cuddly, making this a favorite book of Lovecraft fans of all ages.
Top ReviewsRead with caution!
by Michael J. Gogulski (5 out of 5 stars)
February 12, 2015
A "friend" gave my son this book for his 2nd birthday. I'm very impressed with the construction and illustrations, but there is one small problem...
When we got to "H is for Hastur, who shall not be named", some kind of interdimensional vortex of mind-twisting noneuclidean geometry opened before us, and a yellowish, razor-clawed tentacle snaked out of it and snatched my boy away!
The doctors tell me that I'm getting better, but they still won't let me leave this place -- not, they say, until I stop screaming in the night and insisting that I had a son. I don't know what to make of that (my Caesarean scar seems to have vanished!), nor of the gibbering whispers I hear every time it gets dark.
Helped My Son Overcome His Fear of Monsters.
by KMC (5 out of 5 stars)
May 2, 2016
So, funny story, I mostly bought this book as a joke because I was getting into Cthulhu myself and thought it would be funny to introduce my 3 year old son to it. Now you must understand my son is your typical kid, afraid of the dark, and monsters. (Yeah I'm sort of an ass I know.) So I bring it home at tell him I bought him an abc book of monsters. He sort of froze in a bit of fear, and then said "Why, why would you buy me a book of monsters?" Knowing full well he's terrified of monsters. He wanted nothing to do with it and so I though it would serve its intended purpose and sit on my desk at work. Well a little while later he asked to look at it. Then he aked me to read it to him. I didn't hold back I made it just as scary as it's intended to be. He asked me lots of questions about everything. I could feel his little body tensing up with every page turn. After the first read through he took it and hid himself in a quiet spot and flipped through it on his own mesmerized and still baffled that dad would buy him a book of monsters. But he went through it all on his own. The next day his friend came over and I suggested he show it to her. He shrugged and didn't understand why he would do that since it's utterly terrifying to him but he did it on his own with some zeal; mostly because it was new and dad seemed to like it. Later that night he asked me to read it to him for his bed time book, a little less scared. Now he has me read it to him every night for a week straight. The other night while reading it to him he went into our dark kitchen and pointed at the blue lights reflecting off our window from the microwave clock and said it was eyes like the Deep Ones. He called mom in to show off his discovery. I showed him it was just the reflection. But he preferred to pretend it was scary eyes. Somehow hitting his fear of monsters head on in an easily digestible manner for him. Has helped him push through and not be so scared of monsters. I think he likes that he has names for scary things. And they are a little less unknown.
Entirely failed to initiate my 3-year-old into a Dread Cult. . .
by Keith Glass (5 out of 5 stars)
February 15, 2017
Book is a bit too elementary, was hoping my toddler would learn the rudiments of ritual, sacrifices, and the summoning of Old Ones. Yet it doesn't even mention the Elder Sign, or teach how to tell when the Stars are Right.
At best, a Bestiary of the Old Ones and their minions. And no explanation why He Who Shall Not Be Named should not have his name spoken out loud, just a hint of the consequences. . . I expected better for a primer on the Mythos. . .
My little one loves it!
by ZombieGirl (5 out of 5 stars)
January 1, 2018
My little one is only 18 months so she hasn't been interested in books really but to chew on while cutting teeth. This book though has caught her attention! She carries it around and just sits and flips through it, I was shocked when she brought it to me and pointed wanting me to read it. I've tried in the past reading other books but she would be over them quickly. Excited mommy! I enjoy reading so of course I want to share that with my kids.
For the Lovecraft fans of all ages
by Forrest Whitesides (5 out of 5 stars)
March 1, 2017
This is a fantastic book! Very well made and the artwork is fantastic. My daughter loves it and so do I. My favorite page is "H is for Hastur".
This book is a must-have for Lovecraft fans who want to pass on the love of Miskatonic U and the Necronomicon to their offspring. The art and wording is very kid friendly, despite the foreboding and eldritch nature of the subject matter. Kids and parents alike will enjoy the friendly monsters and cyclopian architecture.
We've had the book for only three days, and it's already her go-to book at bedtime. Tonight she said "Cthulhu" for the first time, and it warmed my black heart. :)
Warp Young Minds - In the Most Delightful Way!
by Mike Hunter (5 out of 5 stars)
May 13, 2017
C Is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book What a bracing contrast H. P. Lovecraft's extravagantly bizarre bestiary and mythology is to the schlocky, commercialized kiddy fare prevalent these days. And it sure adds an extra dimension of enjoyment to "C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Book" to use it to introduce young 'uns to the delights of Lovecraftiana.
The exotic names here -- i.e., K'n-yan, R'lyeh, Yog-Sothoth -- will also give youngsters' pronunciation skills a workout. After mastering the enunciation of Y'ha-nthlei or Q'yth-az, how much of a challenge can a mere "hypotenuse" or "pterodactyl" be?
But, you don't have to be a parent to love this book! It's no secret that some of the most imaginatively written and illustrated books out there are ostensibly aimed at children. Yet their quality and cleverness makes them a delight for adults, as well. And "C is for Cthulhu" richly fits the bill.
Greg Murphy's lushly rendered art is topnotch, both spooky and charming. His colors are richly saturated (the printing and production of this board book is superlatively fine), and his creatures and people are vibrantly characterized.
Jason Ciaramella's text is witty and just plain fun; a perfect complement to the artwork. It's tempting to quote some favorites, but art-and-words work together so well here, it would be a disservice to the splendid synthesis achieved by the co-creators.
Ever since I received my copy of "C is for Cthulhu," it's been a pleasure to savor its pleasures at least once each day. Next in my shopping list: the "C is for Cthulhu Coloring Book"...
An absolutely brilliant gift for Lovecraft fans.
by KM (5 out of 5 stars)
October 27, 2016
I can't write a review as creative and hilarious as some of them here, so I'll just say the book is worth every penny.
The book itself is extremely high quality and construction which is why the cost is a bit higher then one would expect for a "gag gift". If this were an actual child's book it's made to last through many generations of little hands, which is a great part of it's appeal. It even has the "no sharp corners" of high end baby books! The graphics and descriptions couldn't be more perfect.
If you have a Lovecraft fan in your home, this truly is a one of a kind gift they'll love!
C is for Cthulhu, he's crazy enough for me!
by Richard Perez (5 out of 5 stars)
November 18, 2016
This is a very cute book that is definitely visually appealing to its audience, namely children. My 3 year old child immediately noticed it sitting on the couch after I unpacked it, walked over, and ripped the plastic wrap off just to get at it. He can't read, but it didn't stop him from at least turning the pages, sitting and calling out the letters in excitement. So it is definitely visually striking. As an adult, I find the entries of C is for Cthulhu to be quite amusing, and of course the book is very cute. At the end of the day though, the important thing is that my kid saw it, loved it, wants it read to him, which is exactly what a parent wants in a book for their kid. C is for Cthulhu delivers the necessary stimuli to get a young kid into reading, and as a parent and player of Call of Cthulhu, I couldn't ask for more.
Can be used for children.
by Mike C. (5 out of 5 stars)
April 28, 2016
This book can be utilized for young children, unlike some of the other lovecraftian children's books, which are more or less parodies or novelties for more mature readers/livecraft mythos fans. I may state that C is for Cthulhu states that "red Cthulhu waits dreaming" abd the artists paints the cute interpretation if the creature red, as to skip using the word dead. As i said it is appropriate for children as i read it to my 2 year old. As a parent if a special needs child, it may not be appropriate for everybody's child [ren] my oldest i do not share the book, due to his sensory issues, some subject matter and illustrations (all of them for most cute and non menacing) might be too much for some children. Ie zombies, the unnamable. So fo summarize. This book was definitely intended for chikdren of lovecraft lovibg parents, but use your parental discretion as to your child's reaction to certaib stimuli.
Good Graphics, Poor Text
by Johnny Monsarrat (2 out of 5 stars)
March 12, 2019
I enjoyed the illustrations in this book, but the text seemed lazy. It's not clever, and the snarky humor mismatches the subtle humor needed to keep it spooky too. There are deep cut references to things that even a Lovecraft insider won't know. The text doesn't rhyme or have a flow from page to page.
For example, L is for Lovecraft, and the text is something like "H.P. to be sure". That's your comment on Lovecraft? How about "L is for Lovecraft, whose parents went insane".
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