We found this book at the library the other day. It's called Bembo's Zoo: An Animal ABC Book by art director [obviously] Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich [great name, even if it doesn't all fit on a credit card].
Bembo was a cardinal who got an awesome typeface named after him by the 15th century master printer Aldus Manutius. RdVdC used the elegant Bembo to create somewhat abstracted pictures of animals. The book is gorgeously produced and inventive, but it's a bit of a stunt. Or maybe a conceit. Or some other thing that indicates it's not quite working for tiny kids.
While it might enthrall a fellow designer [or inspire a future one], it didn't do anything at all for the kid, who is barely at the letter recognition stage and could care less about upper or lower case, much less serifs and ligatures.
File this one in the To Be Revisited column.