The Z Was Zapped (Hardcover)

A Play in Twenty-Six Acts

By Chris Van Allsburg

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780395446126, 56pp.

Publication Date: October 26, 1987

List Price: 18.95*
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A dramatic black- and- white presentation of the alphabet in which the three-time Caldecott medalist depicts a mysterious transformation of each letter.

About the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at 

Praise For The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts

"The most succinctly nutty alphabet book in the history of mankind." The New York Times

"Whimsical, sophisticated, this should appeal to a wide audience, from those amused by mayhem in an unusual context to the many fans of this uniquely creative artist." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers