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H IS FOR HALLOWEEN by Alethea Kontis


From the AlphaOops series, volume 2

by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3966-2
Publisher: Candlewick

Those wacky theatrical letters are back, this time for a mixed-up Halloween pageant (AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First, 2006). Smiling broadly and wearing a pointy hat, “H as for Halloween.” Then, “Z is for zombie. / N is for nightmare. / K is for kraken. / P is for pirate. / B is for—” Well, B had wanted to be a buccaneer, but now it will have to find another costume. Eventually, each letter, appropriately garbed and often accompanied by a picture of what it represents, takes the stage, but not without a lot of good-natured bickering. Running below each page opening is a strip along which a pumpkin for each letter of the alphabet arranges itself, finally, in alphabetical order as each character appears in the story. Kolar’s digital illustrations give readers plenty to focus on. Sophisticated abecedarian fun. (Picture book. 4-8)