The Day Z Went First

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara Youngblood
There are millions of alphabet books on the market or in libraries, but this one is definitely unique. It takes the alphabet and mixes it all up so that Z goes first instead of always being last. With Y as the beginning of my last name, I understand where Z is coming from this time. Each letter still has items that relate to the letter, such as "I is for insect", but A has the grand finale. Each page shows the alphabet in its most commonly known form and then overlays it with the letters that are featured on each page. It's all very fun and a bit of a mind puzzle for young readers.
School Library Journal
Gr 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 Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A hysterical take on what might happen if the letters of the alphabet mixed things up a bit. When A tries to start off the show, Z storms the stage with zebra, tired of always being last. So, the letters decide to try it differently. Z Y X W, all is going well until P jumps in, not wanting to be always in the middle. P O N, but then H staggers out, wanting to keep his same spot in the line-up. At that point, it becomes a free-for-all, and the giggles are sure to start. V takes his turn, but then tries to take another so he can say something else that starts with V. Z does not respond kindly to this nonsense: "Ooh, V is for violence." Without their usual order, the letters have trouble determining if all of them have had a turn, but find U in the nick of time: "U's been in the bathroom since P took over." A ends the show spectacularly and earns an apology from Z for his pushiness. Kolar's illustrations suit the zaniness of the text perfectly. Difficult as it is to imagine, the letters have facial expressions and personalities. A ruled line at the bottom of the spread helps readers keep track of the out-of-order letters. A must for preschool and elementary classrooms. (Picture book. 3-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763627287
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 699,595
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Alethea Kontis

Alethea Kontis is a first-time children's book author who works for a book distributor. She lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Bob Kolar is the author-illustrator of several books, including DO YOU WANT TO PLAY? and RACER DOGS. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2007

    Cute twist on an alphabet story

    My 2 year old daughter LOVES this book. We first took it out of our local library and it is a book she wants to take out again and again. 'Z' is tired of going last, and the story is a mix up on the order of the alphabet show, a witty story with great illustrations.

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