Tuesday, October 11, 2016

­čÄâREVIEW: "AlphaOops: H is for Halloween" by Alethea Kontis and Bob Kolar (Childrens Fiction, Picture Book)

AlphaOops: H is for Halloween
by Alethea Kontis
Illustrated by Bob Kolar

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Childrens Fiction, Picture Book
Publication Date: July 13th 2010

Series: AlphaOops, #2
Standalone: Yes
Other Books In Series:
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Description from Publisher:
Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.
My Rating:
My Musings:
This is one of my favorite Halloween books and, to be honest, it is one that we don't put away, and enjoy all year long!

Like the first AlphaOops book, this book has alphabet characters who all participate in the story completely out of order. They all dress up as various Halloween-type things, or are otherwise representing their letter (Q gets Queasy from eating too much candy, M is for Mummy, etc.). They are funny and occasionally interrupt each other, trying to outdo the letters before them.

The art in this, like the first book, is fantastic! Full pages of rich colors, great scenes, and several letters. There is a lot to see on each page, which makes for great readability.

I also just love the introductions to "scary" monsters and things in a very fun and lighthearted way.

At the end, we see a tease about Christmas, but, unfortunately, Candlewick Press decided not to go forward with the Christmas book. :( So, if you enjoy this book as much as I do, reach out to them and let them know you want a Christmas one! Maybe there are enough of us to make them decide they basically HAVE to put out at least one more AlphaOops book. ;) (Though, y'know, I would be stoked to have Thanksgiving, Valentine's/Spring/Easter, and maybe a Summertime book too!). Maybe a hashtag? #WeWantMoreAlphaOops

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My Source: I found this on Amazon while searching for books similar to LMNO Peas by Keith Baker. :)

About the Author: Alethea Kontis
"A veritable badass fairy princess." --Jim Butcher

"Alethea Kontis IS fairy tales." --Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

"Alethea Kontis: Awesome, racks up award nominations, wears tiaras." --SF author Ferrett Steinmetz

"I want to live in [Alethea's] head because I think that might be the most interesting place in the world!!!!" --Ellen Oh, author of Prophecy

"Alethea Kontis, the woman who writes like Shakespeare would if he were alive today." --Aaron Pound

"The beauty of a princess, the confidence of a queen, the brilliance of a writer, and the demeanor of a cheerful fairy comedian!" --Cheyenne Z.

"This was the story before all of the other stories, and it was the other tales that were changed over time." --Nerdophiles, on ENCHANTED
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About the Illustrator: Bob Kolar
Hello, I'm Bob. My job is to make fun stuff for kids. I start out with stories and they usually turn into books, sometimes toys, occasionally a TV show. I grew up in a little town outside of Cleveland called Grafton, Ohio. I studied at Columbus College of Art & Design and Syracuse University. I came to Missouri to work at Hallmark Cards. I had a great time and a wonderful career at Hallmark, but the time came for me to have another adventure. So, here I am.
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