AlphaOops: H is for Halloween

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H gets top billing ? but a stubborn B has something scary to say ? as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.

Ack! It?s time for the show, and A isn?t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there?s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations ...

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Overview

H gets top billing — but a stubborn B has something scary to say — as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.

Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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)
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes Lowen
Alphabet books always begin with the letter A...but not this one. "Ack! I'm not ready," says A. "H has top billing, make her go first." And even though that is not the way the alphabet goes, H agrees. After all, Halloween starts with the letter H and this show is all about Halloween. One after another in delightful disarray, the letters of the alphabet parade on stage to show off their Halloween costumes. Poor B tries his best to get in the spotlight; but his buccaneer costume is just like P's pirate costume, the black bird sitting on his head is really a raven and Bigfoot looks a lot like the Yeti. But finally, (drum roll, please), B brings the show to a scary end. On the very last page, there is a hint of what the next Alpha Oops! will feature: C, candy cane in hand and Santa hat on head, has an idea! Easy to understand text with some unexpected vocabulary —lycanthrope, kraken, buccaneer, queasy—that is nicely and seamlessly defined in the text or by the illustrations. A delightfully out-of-order alphabet book filled with humorous digital illustrations that will have kids looking twice to see everything that is going on both on stage and off. An excellent addition to a library's holiday collection. Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
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
Julie Just
…a fine Halloween book for early readers…
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763639662
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 262,378
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis is the author of ALPHAOOPS: THE DAY Z WENT FIRST, her first children’s book. She lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Bob Kolar is the illustrator of the first Alph"ops book and the author-illustrator of BIG KICKS. He lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

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