A dramatic black and white presentation of the alphabet in which the two time Caldecott Medalist depicts a mysterious transformation of each letter


10 thoughts on “The Z Was Zapped

  1. Calista Calista says:

    An alphabet book set up like a stage with 26 acts It shows something happening to the letter and it s interesting to figure out what he s getting at I ll admit I couldn t figure out what was happening to G at first You turn the page to find out and see the next one Most are fairly obvious, but it s still fun I liked that C was being curled As far as these kind of things go, this one was interesting The pictures are all black and white.The niece did not read this with us The nephew though An alphabet book set up like a stage with 26 acts It shows something happening to the letter and it s interesting to figure out what he s getting at I ll admit I couldn t figure out what was happening to G at first You turn the page to find out and see the next one Most are fairly obvious, but it s still fun I liked that C was being curled As far as these kind of things go, this one was interesting The pictures are all black and white.The niece did not read this with us The nephew thought this was fun He is still working on words and what they start with, but his reading skills are improving quickly He thought A had rocks thrown at it instead of avalanche He had fun with this and he gave this 4 stars


  2. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    Although I do indeed and even academically manage to appreciate and somewhat enjoy Chris Van Allsburg s The Z Was Zapped, I also find itthan a trifle if not even majorly confusing and potentially distracting that the letters are not on the same pages as the words describing them and I probably would have found this evenof a probable issue as a child I keep having to flip back and forth, which does become a bit of a tedium, and actually at least for me ends up being both frustr Although I do indeed and even academically manage to appreciate and somewhat enjoy Chris Van Allsburg s The Z Was Zapped, I also find itthan a trifle if not even majorly confusing and potentially distracting that the letters are not on the same pages as the words describing them and I probably would have found this evenof a probable issue as a child I keep having to flip back and forth, which does become a bit of a tedium, and actually at least for me ends up being both frustrating and very much annoying And while author illustrator Chris Van Allburg s alliterative text definitely tickles my poetic fancy and I actually find the general sense of morbidity, the fact that the alphabet letters are often in seeming danger, in seeming peril, rather amusing , the black and white illustrations of the letters and what happens or is done to them are really and truly not particularly to my taste are actually not at all to my taste if I am to be brutally honest Even with letters being kidnapped and zapped, the depictions of these occurrences seem mundane and monotonous, or perhapsto the point, I myself tend to find the lack of colour somewhat frustratingly mundane and monotonous However, this is often if not usually the case for me with Chris Van Allsburg s artwork namely that while I always can appreciate his illustrations, I can also never truly love them Still, The Z Was Zapped is to be recommended as an interesting and novel alphabet book for children and their parents who want, who might desire something a bit different from the general status quo, my own issues, my own not so glowing and pretty blah reaction to The Z Was Zapped notwithstanding however, from a personal reading pleasure point of view, The Z Was Zapped is but a high two star book for me


  3. midnightfaerie midnightfaerie says:

    This was an excellent book, made especially so by the illustrations Great for all ages, it has something even the adults will love The pictures are kind of goth and creepy which kept me interested, and my preschoolers loved guessing which letter the picture showed My 5 yr old who is in first grade loved trying to guess what verb that began with that letter, was happening to the letter before I turned the page Overall a great education and fun read for all.


  4. Eli Eli says:

    Ehhhh I really enjoy Chris Van Allsburg s stuff He s a wonderful illustrator and a very good children s author But this one just didn t do it for me It was just a picture of a letter on stage and something was happening to the letter, and the next page would say what happened example the A was in an avalanche the Z was zapped It includes all the letters in the English alphabet But I just didn t really enjoy it Maybe this one isenjoyable for children.


  5. Melissa Long Melissa Long says:

    At first glance, it is easy to see that this book was made in a portrait format I believe this is because the book is acting as if you are watching a stage performance therefore, each illustration acts as the actor and calls for a portrait style view Another interesting aspect of the book is that all of the illustrations are in black and white I believe this was done to create aserious mood for the reader as well as express a certain level of creepiness and darkness The font is also v At first glance, it is easy to see that this book was made in a portrait format I believe this is because the book is acting as if you are watching a stage performance therefore, each illustration acts as the actor and calls for a portrait style view Another interesting aspect of the book is that all of the illustrations are in black and white I believe this was done to create aserious mood for the reader as well as express a certain level of creepiness and darkness The font is also very formal, again, to re enforce the feeling of seriousness Another way in which this book stood out particularly was how at first, it seems to be a mere alphabet book But, after reading the bookclosely, the intention becomes a littleunclear The way in which Chris Van Allsburg associates each letter of the alphabet with a word containing a negative connotation, for example, The K was quietly Kidnapped , begs the question why I personally think it was to tell a story of sadness, pain, and seriousness, instead of simply putting a dark twist on a common alphabet book Lastly, the page before the end page of the book is red, whereas the end pages are white I believe this is to signify the dropping of the red curtain at the end of a play, since the book was set up as a drama performance


  6. Lara& Lara& says:

    Synopsis Something is a foot within the Alphabet Theater A dramatic portrayal in twenty six acts, with moments both poignant and painful This production is sure to capture the attention of all who experience it With strong associations between words and letters Could this be an alphabet book in disguise Review Presented in classic theater style, Chris Van Allsburg creates a world of familiar ABC characters that are going through some tough, frightening times The A is being over Synopsis Something is a foot within the Alphabet Theater A dramatic portrayal in twenty six acts, with moments both poignant and painful This production is sure to capture the attention of all who experience it With strong associations between words and letters Could this be an alphabet book in disguise Review Presented in classic theater style, Chris Van Allsburg creates a world of familiar ABC characters that are going through some tough, frightening times The A is being over run by an avalanche, the F was firmly flattened, which of course made the J jittery, while the V completely vanished from the scene Can you blame them With all of the unusual, mysterious excitement going on within this production, I m certain that the house will sell out weeks in advance Of course, that is assuming that the kidnapped K will return and the M will stop melting The illustrations are marvelous you could say simple graphite and paper but, there is nothing simple about them Chris Van Allsburg is a magician I loved this book I love all of his books Critical Reviews Karen K Radtke from S.L.J says, this isan alphabet book for older children, who will enjoy guessing what heinous act is being foisted upon these noble letters Which is a good point Publishers Weekly gave a lukewarm review, While Van Allsburg s visual ingenuity is in full evidence among his hauntingly realistic images are the evaporating E and the jittery J , there is both a sinister quality and an stagey dimension to the work Artistically, a virtuoso performance, but one with an undeniably cold cast Which might be true but, still a great book


  7. Ronyell Ronyell says:

    The Z was Zapped is another surreal book from the creative mind of Chris Van Allsburg, the well known author of Jumanji In this book, the Alphabet Theatre introduces a play where all twenty six letters of the alphabet are somehow involved in some kind of unfortunate mishap The Z was Zapped will surely be an instant treat for children who want to learn the alphabet in acreative way Chris Van Allsburg has done a magnificent job on both the writing and the illustrations in this book The Z was Zapped is another surreal book from the creative mind of Chris Van Allsburg, the well known author of Jumanji In this book, the Alphabet Theatre introduces a play where all twenty six letters of the alphabet are somehow involved in some kind of unfortunate mishap The Z was Zapped will surely be an instant treat for children who want to learn the alphabet in acreative way Chris Van Allsburg has done a magnificent job on both the writing and the illustrations in this book Chris Van Allsburg makes the story dramatic and exciting at the same time as each letter goes through some kind of disaster that they have no control over Chris Van Allsburg s illustrations are beautiful and realistic as each letter is vividly shown being cut up or melted in some way The illustration that really stood out the most was the illustration of a large snout of a dog hovering over the letter B as the text depicts that B was bitten I also love the way that Chris Van Allsburg makes this book seem like it came out of an old movie since the images are in black and white and it also gives the readers a sense of dramatic tension throughout this book The Z was Zapped is a beautiful and dramatic book for children who love drama and who want an exciting way to learn about the alphabet I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since it may be too intense for smaller children to handle since it deals with the theme of violence.From my Epinions Review


  8. Shanna Gonzalez Shanna Gonzalez says:

    This alphabet book is quite a unique production each letter appears on the right hand side of the book, then when the page is turned a brief bit of text is given The A was in an Avalanche, The B was badly bitten, and so on This lends a bit of a wordless book experience, since the image must be interpreted before the text is read.It is rendered in black and white charcoal, and unlike most alphabet books, the scene never shifts, but their presentation is called a Play in 26 acts The arti This alphabet book is quite a unique production each letter appears on the right hand side of the book, then when the page is turned a brief bit of text is given The A was in an Avalanche, The B was badly bitten, and so on This lends a bit of a wordless book experience, since the image must be interpreted before the text is read.It is rendered in black and white charcoal, and unlike most alphabet books, the scene never shifts, but their presentation is called a Play in 26 acts The artistry is wonderful, of course, given Van Allsburg s reputation for aspiring artists this could be inspirational, but it sof an artistic showpiece than a book for young children to interact with It is, however, nice that the application of different letters tends to be through verbs rather than the nouns that usually accompany the letters in alphabet books This would make an interesting library checkout as a supplement while teaching or reviewing the alphabet


  9. Shiloah Shiloah says:

    Loved


  10. Joanne G. Joanne G. says:

    Many years ago 1988 , I was a mother of a toddlers and was knee deep in primary colors, silly jingles, and diapers nice visual, huh The tots and I were frequent visitors to our public library which was only a short walk from our home We left laden with bags of books each time In fact, our library instituted a check out limit 25 books per card because of our family, but that only meant that we had to visit every other day instead of every third or fourth Anyhoo, out of all of the hundre Many years ago 1988 , I was a mother of a toddlers and was knee deep in primary colors, silly jingles, and diapers nice visual, huh The tots and I were frequent visitors to our public library which was only a short walk from our home We left laden with bags of books each time In fact, our library instituted a check out limit 25 books per card because of our family, but that only meant that we had to visit every other day instead of every third or fourth Anyhoo, out of all of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of young children s books I read to our children, I remember this one fondly because it had graphic black and white illustrations and wasn t the typical fuzzy bunny read It was a bit ominous The A was in an avalanche, the B was badly bitten, the C was cut to ribbons, etc I loved it However, the children informed me the book was scary, and my son requested that I never read it again I couldn t resist picking up a copy when I ran across it recently Someday, I ll have grandchildren hopefully , and I ll get to share The Z was Zapped with a new generation when they are ready to be frightened a bit