- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (July 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763660841
- ISBN-13: 978-0763660840
- Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 0.2 x 10.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First Paperback – July 10, 2012
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Grade 1-2–Letter A starts to introduce itself and is interrupted by activist letter Z, demanding fair and equal turns at going first, wary of its last place in line, and followed in backwards order by letters Y, X, W, and (oops!) P. Soon all harmony disappears out the window, with the bickering letters and their accompanying words. Letter A remains disgruntled, and letter V insists on a second turn. Turmoil grows until letter A blossoms with not one, but a whole spread of words beginning with its sound. Digitally created googly-eyed letters with stick arms and legs, washed in bold colors, animate the alphabet with personality and emotions. Letter R performs a parody of Singing in the Rain, letter B is suspended from big beautiful balloons, letter Y knits a yarn cap, and a Sendak Wild Thing look-alike represents the letter M. Plenty of details to absorb, colorful images to grab the eye, and a confused letter template running below the action create alphabet antics for early readers. A fun addition.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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Who says A comes first and Z goes last? Taking the stage in an uncharacteristically disorderly lineup, the letters of the alphabet speak up and act out like a group of unruly children, jockeying for better positions in the line, demanding second turns, and even taking bathroom breaks. The result is a zany alphabetical romp that begins with an animated letter Z ("Zebra and I are SICK of this last-in-line stuff!") and proceeds with splendid chaos to include all the letters, ending with A getting the last word. Every child whose name makes him or her last on any list will feel a kinship with the complaints of the end-of-alphabet letters, and perhaps other kids will see the justice of their grievance. Reflecting the letters' saucy ways, the colorful, stylized artwork dramatizes the action and offers bits of comic byplay for the observant. An alphabet book with attitude. Carolyn Phelan
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Top Customer Reviews
We also have a lot of fun with it, even when the book isn't around. Sometimes when he's here, I ask him out of the blue, "Hey Reyli, can "M" go first today?" "No!" he says. Then we have fun back and forth about it. "OK, how about "C" for the cookie you are eating?" Lots of fun, giggles and play in that.
I guess the best compliment I can pay is that not only does Reyli love the book, but so does his older sister, his mom, and I, and I'm 54! Don't hesitate, grab this one, no matter what your age.