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Towns in the Alphabet

Jan Laštovička

From A to Z, there is a town or a city for every letter of the alphabet. The author if this picture book has traveled them all and created a beautiful guidebook for those who want to learn their letters and towns of the world as well. Hop on board and get to know Antwerp, Delhi or Helsinki. You can travel as far as Zadar!


  • Selected for Best Childrens Books 2015 list (selection of Czech Books for Children and Young People 2014/2015)
"This book is more than a mere alphabetical summary, in which the cities’ initials provide young school children with an entertaining rendition of symbols that our wandering memory tends to associate with the individual locations. It is an atlas of places from Antwerp to Zadar in which the much-travelled author has sojourned, including the remarkable South-American destinations of Iquique and Uyuni. Laštovička’s sketchbook amounts to even more – it is a modern curiosity cabinet, providing children’s eager eyes with interesting facts from all around the world: here the ancient city of Venice is sinking into the sea, over there we see the London rebel Banksy installing his murdered phone booth and right around the corner bears from the Arctic town of Whitehorse await another helping of edible prospectors."

Lits of towns (and possible alternatives)

  • Antwerp
  • Beijing (Barcelona, Berlin, Brasília, Bologna)
  • Copenhagen (Cannes)
  • Delhi
  • Eisenach
  • Florence
  • Grenoble(Genoa)
  • Helsinki
  • Iquique
  • Jena (Jelling)
  • Kraków (Kotor, Kalipeda, Košice, Kaunas)
  • London
  • Moscow
  • New York
  • Oakland (Odense)
  • Prague (Paris)
  • Québec
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Stockholm (Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, Saint Petersburg, San Francisco)
  • Toronto
  • Uyuni
  • Varanasi (Venice)
  • Whitehorse
  • Xaverov (Xanten)
  • York
  • Zürich (Zadar)

Jan Laštovička was born in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia in 1979 and currently lives in Prague. He is a graduate of the Charles University in Prague where he studied Pedagogy and Art Education. During his studies he spent six months at Seminariet for Formgivning in Nykobing, Denmark, where he specialized in illustration. From 2005 to 2014 he worked as a consultant and graphic designer in a Prague-based PR agency. Parallel to that, he was also designing decoration for porcelain tableware and illustrating and publishing bibliophile books. Since September 2014, he has been fully focusing on book and magazine illustration. Every winter, Jan participates in international snow symposiums, where he carves giant snow sculptures. Last time, his team visited festivals China and Canada. It is also thanks to trips to these festivals that he managed to successfully complete the entire Alphabet of Cities. The best example is the chapter about Quebec, where he drew one of his snow sculptures, including a miniature self-portrait. Selected examples of Jan's work can be found at

Size 297 x 210 mm, 64 pages, hardcover. Age 8+. Original title Abeceda (z) měst. Albatros 2015.


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