Alpha Oops!

Alpha Oops!

The Day Z Went First

Book - 2006
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Random House, Inc.
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.

Baker & Taylor
Chaos ensues when Z thinks that its time for him to go first in the alphabet for a change.

& Taylor

Tired of being last when the alphabet family lines up, Z demands equality and causes an uproar among the other letters--with chaotic and amusing results!

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780763627287
Branch Call Number: JX FIC KON
Characteristics: [40] p. :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kolar, Bob - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Day Z went first


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Jul 30, 2014

Great for kids who already know the alphabet well. My 3-yr-old son loves this and gets a kick out of the interactions between the letters. Probably over the heads of (or confusing for) kids who are just learning their ABCs, since the whole point of the book is that the letters are going in a different order than usual.

DaytonMuse Aug 22, 2012

My three-year-old loves this book and its Halloween companion. It's fun seeing the letters take on personalities and get into a bit of trouble. Some of the things the letters spell are pretty standard (apple, ball, zebra, etc.), but they find a way to make the presentation interesting.

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