Reviews for Alpha Oops! : H Is for Halloween


Booklist Reviews 2010 July #1
In this sequel to Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First (2006), it's showtime again for the personified letters of the alphabet, and once more, they take the stage out of order, this time for a Halloween pageant. Dramatizing words such as zombie, nightmare, kraken, vampire, and undead, the letters play their parts, bicker a bit, and comment on the action. The text, vividly illustrated with stylized digital artwork, combines formal alphabetical identification ("O is for ogre. / Y is for yeti") with the other letters' informal remarks. Given that the presentation is a bit chaotic and that more sensitive children will want to stop and discuss certain terms and images, this book may be more appropriate for reading one-on-one rather than in a classroom setting. Still, for kids who have outgrown basic ABC books and revel in the spooky side of Halloween, it offers a more engaging experience than your average alphabet book. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
This entertaining alphabet book purposely jumbles the letters, starting with H for Halloween and proceeding in random fashion through various Halloween-y words: "F is for Frankenstein. / C is for creature." Crisp, colorful digital illustrations depict the playfully spooky spectacle as the letters gather to perform a show. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 July #1
Those wacky theatrical letters are back, this time for a mixed-up Halloween pageant (AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First, 2006). Smiling broadly and wearing a pointy hat, "H as for Halloween." Then, "Z is for zombie. / N is for nightmare. / K is for kraken. / P is for pirate. / B is for—" Well, B had wanted to be a buccaneer, but now it will have to find another costume. Eventually, each letter, appropriately garbed and often accompanied by a picture of what it represents, takes the stage, but not without a lot of good-natured bickering. Running below each page opening is a strip along which a pumpkin for each letter of the alphabet arranges itself, finally, in alphabetical order as each character appears in the story. Kolar's digital illustrations give readers plenty to focus on. Sophisticated abecedarian fun. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 August #3

In a raucous follow-up to AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First, chaos ensues when the letters of the alphabet put on a disorderly stage production about Halloween. Z insists that H kick things off, and the letters show off their costumes--G is a goblin, V a vampire--except for B, whose buccaneer and blackbird ideas are stolen by P (a pirate) and C (a crow). The letters appear in correct order along the bottom of the pages, but with a surplus of witty asides, the emphasis is on fun. Ages 4-8. (July)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

K-Gr 3--In this sequel to AlphaOops! The Day Z Went First (Candlewick, 2006), Kontis and Kolar reintroduce readers to their cast of alphabet players. The book begins with the letter Z directing the letter H to start the show because, "Halloween can't start with any other letter." Appearing entirely out of sequence, the individual letters then make brief appearances dressed up as characters that begin with their respective letters: "Z is for zombie. N is for nightmare." The tentative letter B attempts to shine, but he continually encounters problems; at one point his buccaneer costume is taken by P (Pirate) and in another scene a blackbird sits on his head. B perseveres and steals the show by delivering the final line of the play, "B is for…BOO!" Kontis's text is rhythmic and comical, and readers who are comfortable with the alphabet will delight in the silliness of this story. Kolar's illustrations are imbued with a sense of nighttime theater magic, and the slightly muted jewel-tone hues set the scene perfectly. A winsome union of humorous text and art, this light, fresh book is an ideal addition to holiday collections.--Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

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