Review: Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween

Title: Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween
Author: Alethea Kontia
Illustrator: Bob Kolar
Publisher: Candlewick
Year: 2011
Hardcover: 40 pages
Ages: 4 – 8
IBSN: 978-0763656867

In this sequel to Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First, the naughty alphabet is back. The show is about to start, but A is not ready to take the stage! The pumpkins, who are the show's organizers, call in H to save the day. After all, "Halloween can't start with any other letter." The alphabet comes out in a disorderly manner. Each letter wears and represents a Halloween costume. P is a pirate. G is a goblin. V is a vampire. F is Frankenstein. B is supposed to be a buccaneer but gets into trouble only to steal the show at its end.

The illustrations are bright and modern. The story is funny and more suitable for children who have a strong grasp of the alphabet. Children who are starting to learn the alphabet might get a bit confused about the letters coming out of sequence. In this case, parents would prefer to focus on the Halloween characters the letters represent.


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