AlphaOops!: The Day Z Went First Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-05-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 111 user ratings

"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 multiple times as the vocab for letters B and A are extensive and tongue twisting resulting in hilarity!
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"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 decide that the original way was best.

4. This book can be integrated into the curriculum in the following ways:

English/ Reading: Alphabet, debate

Math: sequence and order

Social studies: reform, politics, debate
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"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 trying to correct the way in which these silly letters are doing it. It's sure to get a laugh out of children, and will encourage them to think about the placement of letters while enjoying the book.

5. Possible in-class uses:
-Teaching phonemic awareness.
-Helping children make predictions based on what letter comes next.
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"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 story, I might do an alphabet letter mix up game where the students are asked to put alphabet letters in order. They might be given a section or a group of letters. A spelling activity could also be done with an older group. The author has chosen appropriate words to represent the letter sounds. All the words begin with a hard consonant sound or short vowel sound, which is important for those learning their letters. The colors and illustrates are bright and friendly.
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"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 struggles to keep overenthusiasm from flooding the project (with, for instance, Big Blue Bouncing Balls), but in the end, A makes a fantastic finish and all are mollified.

My preschooler giggled at the minor angst of the letter characters, and was easily able to identify all the letters as we read. The text lends itself to "What letter is that?" practice much better than, say, "LMNO Peas" but has a similar humor quotient. Excellent for practicing letter identification without the crutch of the letter song. Pair with the anxious zebra in "Kipper's Letters" or "LMNO Peas," "Alphabet Adventure," and "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."
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"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 alphabet, chaos unfolds and the readers learn about the alphabet in a different order.
B. Each letter shows off its unique characteristics in an unorganized parade of fun illustrations. The images help young students learn to relate the letter to certain words.
C. “Zebra and I are sick of this last-in-line stuff! This time we want to go first!” This is a great example of the fun text that is used in this picture book to describe all the letters.

Curriculum Connection:
Alpha Oops will be a great tool to use in Kindergarten and even 1st grade classes. Many students only know the alphabet because of the song, but this book allows students to gain a better understanding when they are out of order and with creative images.
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"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 the letters as some also want to be in a different spot in the line-up and others feel displaced. In the beginning each letter is represented by one word (“ S is for snake”), but by the end the letters are represented by multiple words (“ G is for green garden and great gorilla”). In the end the letter A has gone wild and is represented in about 20 different words. In the end the letters decide that they all like the original order of the letters. The illustrations are colorful and each letter tends to have its own personality. This is a great book about alphabet concepts, but it could also be used to discuss change and how hard it is for some to face it. One could also incorporate the idea of compromise into the discussion.
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"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 ordinary order. Children generally understand order at an early age so this is different.

b) The Alphabet still sticks to the rules: A is for apple so children see that A is always A. It is accurate. It is colorful and varies in action. In some places the letters move along quickly and in others they stand around and negotiate, the action is slower.

c) S, I, V, J and E move along quickly. As F comes up he breaks the unspoken rule and goes twice. Then the letter V wants another turn. The negotiation is a good thing for children to learn.

Curriculum Connection: Social Studies, taking turns, getting along, working out problems, communication. As well as language arts for learning the alphabet.
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