AlphaOops! (Hardcover)

The Day Z Went First

By Alethea Kontis, Bob Kolar (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763627287, 48pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/10/2012)

List Price: 15.99*
* Individual store prices may vary.

Description

It's backwards! It's inside out! It's every letter for itself! This laugh-out-loud romp is not your average alphabet book!

Z is tired of always having to be last when the alphabet family lines up. He is demanding fair and equal treatment! The letters (more or less) agree to go backwards, but it's not long before P has some ideas of his own. And so does H, for that matter. In fact, it seems as if almost every letter has a different opinion about how the alphabet should be arranged. It's chaos! It's pandemonium! And it's definitely not as easy as A-B-C! Filled with visually humorous details, Bob Kolar's colorful illustrations are the perfect foil for Alethea Kontis's snappy story about the comic confusion that comes when the letters of the alphabet, like a class of unruly children, step out of order and show that each one has a mind of its own.


About the Author

Alethea Kontis is a first-time children's book author who works for a book distributor. She lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Bob Kolar is the author-illustrator of several books, including DO YOU WANT TO PLAY? and RACER DOGS. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.


Praise For AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First

Hysterical. . . . A must for preschool and elementary classrooms.
—Kirkus Reviews

Hilarious, unique...this book will be revisited many times.
—Newton’s Book News

A fun and hip tale for budding readers who don't like their letters in order.
—Kids Literati blog

Playful and savvy...a welcome relief for parents of preschoolers who are bored with predictable phonics lessons.
—Time Out New York Kids

Delightful.
—Salt Lake Tribune

Hilarious...an entertaining experiment in challenging the “normal” order, this book will be great fun for the whole family.
—The Bloomsbury Review

Perhaps the most imaginative alphabet book since Chris Van Allsburg's The Z Was Zapped.
—Washington Post

Bob Kolar's pictures are perfect...funny, colorful and chaotic.
—Waterbury Republican-American

A hilarious laugh-out-loud romp — not your average alphabet book!
—Piedmont Parent