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AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First (AlphaOops!)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  509 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
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. I
Paperback, 48 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Candlewick (first published January 1st 2006)
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Samantha Howard
Mar 23, 2014 Samantha Howard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book is about the alphabet, but all the letters are out of order. Each letter is personified and has a personality. The book starts out with the letter A (with eyes, mouth, arms and legs) saying “A is for app—,” but the letter A is cut off by the letter Z. The letter Z is upset because it always gets stuck at the end, so it jumps in and decides to start the alphabet from Z. Then, P gets upset about still being stuck in the middle, so then the letters decide to go in a completely random orde ...more
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
A fun twist/variation of an alphabet book. The letters each have their own quirks and there are opportunities to discuss sharing, feelings, taking turns, etc. Bright illustrations, humorous dialogue, and side stories make this a great book!
Aug 31, 2011 Rita rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc-s
This is a fun book to use to assess the students alphabet skills. In this book the letter Z goes first and then Y. All the letters are all mixed up. The students will have fun trying to figure out which letter comes next.
Apr 27, 2011 amypete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The entire family was sorry to see this one go back to the library. Kara could quote the entire thing, which was quite entertaining.
Apr 19, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Best Alphabet book ever! Favorite line is by the letter G, "Oh... V is for violence." Also, the kids as for it repeatedly.
Oct 24, 2016 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabet
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. This book can be used in Kindergarten to grade three.

3. This book is a classic twist on the regular alphabet family. When "A" starts introducing itself, "Z" begins to demand equal treatment, he is tired of going last all the time. Once "Z" decides to speak up so do the rest of the letters causing complete chaos. All the letters believe the alphabet should be in a different order.

4. This book was funny and a twist on the classic way of reading the alph
Viviane Elbee
This is a funny take on the alphabet, with Z who does not want to go last anymore.
Haley Barbour
Feb 15, 2016 Haley Barbour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Alpha Opps: The Day Z Went First
Author: Alethea Kontis
Illustrator: Bob Kolar
Genre: Concept Book, Alphabet Book
Theme(s): Humor, Cooperation, Alphabet
Opening line/sentence: A is for app- STOP! Zebra and I are SICK of this last-in-line stuff! This time we want to go first!
Brief Book Summary: In this book, instead of going through the Alphabet the normal way, Z decides that he wants to go first for once. Once he makes this decision its every letter for themselves as they choose where they wa
Dorothy Krombach
Ever want to know what would happen if the alphabet did not go in order? One can find out reading “Alpha Oops!” Instead of using the typical “A is for Apple” approach, the author decided to switch it up and make it so that it was silly and entertaining. The story starts out with Z wanting to go first in the alphabet because it is tired of going last. Then the rest of the letters fight for a different spot in the alphabet because they are tired of the same thing over and over again. After all of ...more
Stacey Borror
Oct 15, 2012 Stacey Borror rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Textbook – The Joy of Children’s Literature – P. 73
Genre – Alphabet

In this fun story Z grows tired of always being the last when saying the alphabet. The letters start to go backwards when along the way the alphabet gets all mixed up and rearranged. It’s not your typical alphabet, but learning different words beginning with those letters combined with beautiful illustrations to this charming story make it enjoyable for young children.

A) The author, Aletha Kontis, provides a story that is
Dec 10, 2012 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First

1-Genre: Alphabet

2-Alethea Kontis presents the alphabet in a new and quirky way that takes the reader by surprise. The letter Z is tired of always going last, so he decides that he is now going to go first. All the other letters express the same views and decide they are going to go out of order as well. This uproar causes complete chaos with the order of the letters and as the reader turns the page it is a surprise as to which letter will come next.

3-(a) The ill
Sep 20, 2012 Blair rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Genre: Alphabet

Summary: The letters of the alphabet act as characters telling readers what their letters stand for. Z decides that he is sick of being last and wants to go first, the other letters follow all out of order until finally A ends the story with a grand finale and all the letters agree that next time they will stay in order.

Critique: A. Organization
B. I think the purpose of this book was to focus on individual letters of the alphabet instead of a set of ordered letters. However, I fo
Nicole Disilvestro
1. I would classify this book as an alphabet book.
2. This book is about some of the letters of the alphabet being tired of last in line so they mix up the order of the alphabet.
3. (a) This is a very accurate alphabet book. It created a story of letters in a way that the reader is also learning about the alphabet at the same time. It uses the letters and their story to teach the students the alphabet.
(b) This is a very appropriate alphabet book. The story makes the letters come to life and it
Pat Carlson
Sep 11, 2012 Pat Carlson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odu
Alpha Oops! The Day that Z Went First, by Alethea Kontis (Candlewick Press, 2006) p.44
Picturebook: Alphabet

Summary: In Alpha Oops! The letters of the alphabet speak up, especially Z and complain about their place in the Alphabet. Those at the end get tired of going last, so they all mix it up. There is some confusion and still things to complain about, but mixing things up sometimes is fun.

a) I think the interest level in this one is high. It is colorful and interesting because it is out of the
Gina Saenz
Category: Alphabet Concept
Source: Textbook p 73
Alpha Opps! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis and illustrated by Bob Kolar is another alphabet concept book. I found this concept book on the recommended pages in our textbook (p 73). Children will find this book hilarious! The individual letters of the alphabet are all confused and stirred up when Z demands not that A changes places with him in the alphabet and give him a chance to be first for a change. The change causes chaos among rest of t
Sep 16, 2012 Courtney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: odu-libs
Genre: Alpha Oops is in the alphabet category.
Summary: In this picture book, the alphabet gets very chaotic as Z decides he wants be first for once. Throughout this funny book, the letters are confused and trying to find where they belong so they can display all the words that represent.

A. The illustrations in the book are great, as each letter has their own personality. The true strength is how the illustrations relate to the context. While everyone is trying to get their turn in the a
Jennifer Heise
Sep 05, 2013 Jennifer Heise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beekman, alphabet
Tired of reading alphabet books in strictly alphabetical order? Want to shake it up a little?

So does the letter Z, tired of being last. He suggests a reversal of the usual order in the letters' [pageant? play? presentation?] and is quickly followed by other letters that want to try something different. It's still "Z is for Zebra" etc, with each letter costumed and companioned with appropriate initialisms, plus a bit of initial appropriate byplay. Admittedly, things get a bit out of hand and Z st
Feb 23, 2014 Michaela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 642
This is an Alphabet book

This book is for ages 3 - 7

Z decides he's tired of being last in the alphabet and wants to be first, which causes the other letters to reevaluate their place as well. This was a nice take on an old concept. I think it would find it's strongest appeal in an older audience that was familiar with the basic order of the alphabet. I also think with an older audience it would allow them to really think about where the letters actually come in the alphabet. After reading this st
Gabriella Pugliese
Oct 26, 2016 Gabriella Pugliese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alphabet
1. This book has not received any awards.

2. Recommended for grades preschool through 3.

3. Uh-oh! The alphabet has gone backwards. In this fun book, Z is tired of going last so the entire alphabet agrees to go the opposite way. The only problems is, the letters all seem to have a different opinion as to how the alphabet should be arranged.

4. This is such a fun book to take another look at the alphabet. Although the alphabet is in a different order, the children will have a super fun time tryin
Apr 12, 2013 Shanaria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lessons
I really enjoyed this book its a different way to over the alphabet. I wouldn't read this until the children are really comfortable with the correct way of the alphabet once they have it down this book is an awesome book to read at circle time to show that everything does not have to in he same order all the time but in the end it helps them realize that somethings are just meant to go in a certain order to keep things organized and flowing properly

In groups have children write the alphabet any
Allison Webster
Dec 10, 2012 Allison Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. This book belongs in the alphabet genre

2. Z is tired of being last and decides to take charge. The letters subsequently debate and complain about their positions in the alphabet.

3. The area for critique is plot. The storyline in this book is fun, unexpected, and captivating to the young audience. This plot is a non-traditional plot for an alphabet books, as the letters are unhappy with their positions. The letters each have different views about reorganizing letters, but in the end, they dec
Kelsey Borchers
Sep 25, 2013 Kelsey Borchers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
This alphabet concept book is great for students and adults alike. In this story the letter Z is unhappy with his placement in the alphabet and causes an uproar in the alphabet. His spirit spreads to other letters in the alphabet and the letters and their words are in places that they normally wouldn't be. However, in the end all of the letters decide that it is much better when they are all in order. This book is fun and engaging for students. This book could also be used in the classroom to sh ...more
Another different alphabet book. Z, X and Y are tired of being at the end of the line so they get everyone all mixed up. Z is at the beginning, M and N heads towards the end. B and C wiggle towards the back and X, Y and W are thrilled to head towards the front.

This rearranging is not without complications though. Letters start offering two examples of vocabulary and others get jealous. And then where is U? And A? What happened to A?

A great story for read aloud. I would encourage practicing multi
Cortny Green
Aug 25, 2015 Cortny Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abc-books
AlphaOops starts with A but Z quickly interrupts. XYZ decide that is time that they get to go first instead of last.

Using the Ga Standard ELAGSEKRL4 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown
words in a text, you can have an arts and craft lesson with your students.

Each student will go through the book and finds words such as equal, change, xylophone, and canary and any other words they are not familiar with or words they think some classmates might not be familiar with.
Oct 11, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, storybook
Doh! I was all set to give this book five stars. It is whimsical, charming, amusing, and funny. Plus, it exercises the brain cells as the reader tries to keep track of the letters while also enjoying the antics of the letters. But then... no!... Z gets more bossy as the book moves along... and... worse!... A does a poor loser thing and is essentially rewarded for it. No! I was all set to give this book five stars but these two irksome developments drop it back to four.

Overall, however, this is
Darshana Khiani (Flowering Minds)
Z is a bit tired of always being last and decides to take a stand, and demands that they do the alphabet in reverse .. at least that is supposed to be the plan. Seems some of the other letters have their own ideas of what order the letters should be in. The result is a hilarious comedy of letters, that will delight any child young or old.

The graphics are simple and colorful and complement the writing well. The illustrations of the letters remind me a little of the “Letter Factory” video by Leapf
Nov 10, 2014 Sassy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dramatic tale of the time Z suggested that the ABC's mix it up a little bit (little rebel). A becomes livid and increasing frustrated with the antics of the other letters as they play around with how and when they present themselves (what a control freak!). It's fun, it really is kind of dramatic, heavily engaging. You might run out of voices, trying to give each letter his or her own voice (if you don't, show me your ways). This book is a great read-aloud, especially with children (and adults ...more
I judge which books my son likes by how often he asks me to read it to him. This might just be his #1 favorite based on that criteria. I think it is also one of my and my husband's favorite books to read to him. It is very clever and creative. Red loves saying the messed up alphabet at the end but also insists that we say it in the correct order. We are very glad we found this treasure at the library. We loved it so much we could not part with it and bought a copy for ourselves.
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AlphaOops! tells the story of the day that the letter Z went first. Initially, the letters all agree to go backwards, due to Z being tired of always having to go last. Somewhere along the way, the letters end up switching their order, which creates total chaos. This is a great book that would be very unpredictable for young kids the first few times that it is read to them.
Ariel Russell
Feb 23, 2014 Ariel Russell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lib-642

The category of this book is alphabet books and the intended age range is elementary school.

This is an alphabet picture book which goes backwards from Z to A.

This book gives several hints to being fair and just.

I think it's extremely different than any other alphabet book I've ever seen because it goes backwards.

The pictures are very unique and have turn regular letters into alpha-people.
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