On an otherwise quiet day in Alphabet City, exasperated X rebels against his appearance in so few words and his nearly last position in the alphabet. Standing on a soapbox, he stirs up the other letters and leads a revolution to change the old order. On the eve of a vote amending the Alphabet Constitution, though, X dreams of the disadvantages faced by other letters. He accepts the current system with all its rules and inconsistencies and casts the deciding vote for the familiar alphabetical order. Written with sly wit and wordplay that will appeal to the target audience, this little book delves into constitutional government as well as spelling rules before it�s done. The upbeat text and brightly colored, cartoonlike illustrations propel the story, while the personified letters� grievances will draw a sympathetic response from children struggling with the order of letters as they learn to read. Pair it with Alethea Kontis� Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First (2006). Grades K-2. --Carolyn Phelan
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About the Author
Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, musician, and poster artist. He is the illustrator of THE QUEST TO DIGEST and UNITE OR DIE, as well as the author and illustrator of HIP & HOP, DON'T STOP! and CAT SECRETS. Jef lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts.