My very first book--inspired by Boot Camp--hits shelves this week. And...technically...it's speculative fiction. After all, it asks the eternal "what if"?
What if Z decided to go first in the alphabet?
AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First is now live and in color! Ask for it at a bookstore near you! Ask for it...and then buy ten copies! Put it face-out on the table by the door! Post your 5-star review on Amazon! (Help a girl out!)
Also, check out the newly-launched official website: http://www.alphaoops.com Play games. Read the cast list. Learn about the slightly twisted author. (Oh, wait...she's ME...)
As it happens, I even have a little boy who will shortly be in your target audience. Well, I don't nkow how shortly...I'd guess another 4 years in reality (what age would you pinpoint it?), but close enough and I will definitely support my fellow boot-camper!
[This message has been edited by Christine (edited July 30, 2006).]
They both actually took quite a bit of time coming up with quotes, and then each sent me three or four different ones to choose from. I'm going to have to post the rest on my blog - they're too precious not to have around.
It's reassuring to know that I come by my insanity and sense of humor honestly.
Hey, Mama Christine! The target age for AlphaOops is technically 4-8, but it's so colorful and makes such a great read-aloud that I would happily recommend it to parents of younger children. Bob Kolar did SUCH a fantastic job with the artwork...even *I* see something new every time I read the book. (Keep your eye on Mr. Acorn, and the clever little guy at the bottom.)
Ohmygosh, I just got in the Kirkus Review. I just have to gush... I'm still beaming.
ALPHAOOPS! The Day Z Went First
Author: Kontis, Alethea
Review Date: AUGUST 01, 2006 Publisher:Candlewick Pages: 56 Price (hardback): $16.99 Publication Date: 9/1/2006 0:00:00 ISBN: 0-7636-2728-3 ISBN (hardback): 0-7636-2728-3 Category: CHILDREN'S 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)
Just found the book - it is SO cute! Congratulations again. I am recommending it to a friend who just got her advance for her first two YA novels - her previous published works are board books for toddlers, so I'm sure she'll love AlphaOops!
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