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The Z Was Zapped: A Play in Twenty-Six Acts Hardcover – Oct 26 1987


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  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (Oct. 26 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395446120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395446126
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 23.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
Don't let the suggested reading age delay you from purchasing this book. I had it in the book corner of my classroom for my students from age 6 to 8 and my 20 month year old son LOVES it too!
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Format: Library Binding
This is a classic amoung alphabet picture books. I have always loved the simplicity of alphabet books. Sharing them with children is more fun than anything. But Allsburg takes the fun up a notch with exciting illustrations and a witty humorous twist to the traditional alphabet book. Though his drawings are in black and white because they were done in pencil, Allsburg captures the reader and the audience in a refreshing rendition of this beginning reader collection.
As a liesure artist, I find Allsburg's work very refreshing. His illustrations are detailed and realistic. In this particular collection, Allsburg demonstrates mastery in shading and form. I love his illustrations. Any child that loves to draw will be inspired by Allsburg's work.
I also love the way Allsburg's illustrations bait the reader to guess what words are used to describe what is happening to each letter. By strategically placing the words for each illustration on the back, readers are encouraged to say what they think is happening. Dialogue is an exciting way to learn reading. By encouraging this kind of sharing, Allsburg has created an excellent book for children learning to read.
Allsburg is an inspiration to young writers and artists. This is not his first children's book and only adds to an already growing collection of fantastic works. Every teacher, babysitter, storyteller and parent should keep this one handy as well as a pad of paper and plenty of extra pencils. Once you've read The Z Was Zapped you will want to put your hands to work as well.
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By L. Hale on May 3 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Z was Zapped is an alphabet book. The book presents the letters in different acts. One act per letter. The book starts out with a picture of the letter of the letter A with rocks falling down around it. You turn the page and the text says "The A was in an avalanche." On the opposite side of the page, there is the picture of the letter B. The picture has the letter B getting bitten by a bear. This format continues through out the whole book. Once you understand how this book is laid out and why it is done this way, the book makes sense. Initially, if you are unaware of why this is happening, it might be somewhat confusing as the pictures do not seem to go with the words. The artwork in this book is fabulous. The pictures are black and white sketches done in pencil. There is an incredible amount of detail in these pictures. Readers will gain some knowledge of new words which the pictures help to clearly illustrate the concept. This is a wonderful book.
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By Michael A. Ciu on Oct. 3 2002
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations along with the imaginative text left me chuckling and enlightened. I commend Van Allsburg's fantastic use of personification. The blending of art and literature breaks the mold of mediocre, mundane, overprocessed, otherwise typical alphabet books. This work reaches well beyond the superficial rehash of today's expected societal response to the English language, offering the audience a broader perspective of our inner dialog and interpersonal struggle for understanding.
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By Shanshad on March 28 2002
Format: Hardcover
Any reader who has encountered the illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg will know they are in for a treat with this ABC book. Each page features one letter of the alphabet rendered by Chris in black and white drawings that are marvellously compelling. On the opposite page is a one line description of what is happening to the letter. For example, the "G" is depicted with leaves and thorns poking out of it, with the phrase on the corresponding page stating "The G was starting to grow."
This book elegantly conveys the entire alphabet with pictures and few words. Despite it's appearance of simplicity, adults may well find this picture book as engaging as children do. I consider this book to be perfect for children learning the alphabet. It's a fundamental part of many of the nursery school classes I have encountered. The large pictures and simple sentences allow large groups of children to see the letters from a distance. After one or two readings, children will be calling out the words before the parent or teacher does. I have yet to encounter a class that doesn't delightfully chime in with "And the Z was finally Zapped!" at the end...
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By "linneajean" on Aug. 10 2001
Format: Paperback
Chris Van Allsgurg's wonderful artwork provides clues about what happens to each of the letters of the alphabet in this not-for-beginners alphabet book. I share it with upper elementary age students, who have a terrific time guessing what becomes of each letter. The text is rich with alliteration, from the avalanched "A" to the zapped "Z."
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Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of Chris Van Allsburg and own several of his books. My son (almost three) is still too young for most of them. This one, however, he enjoys. It's an alphabet book as only Chris Van Allsburg could do it--theatrical, eerie, and lots of fun. Dramatic things happen to each of the letters. The W is warped, the Z is zapped and so forth. Many of the concepts, such as warping and disappearing, are rather abstract, so this is probably not the first alphabet book you want to use with your children. But once you are past the "A is for apple" stage, this book is marvelous. Terrific for vocabulary-building. I've seen it showcased at several teacher conventions.
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