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Z Goes First: An Alphabet Story Z-to-A
Contributor(s): Lamb, Sean, Perry, Mike (Illustrator)
ISBN: 125012395X     ISBN-13: 9781250123954
Publisher: Imprint
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: Tired of being at the end of the alphabet, Z recruits Y to join her as she scoots around to the front and then proceeds to glide past all the other letters in an alphabet adventure.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Alphabet; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Alphabet
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018086632
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

Sean Lamb is a writer by trade at an advertising agency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His creative background led him to writing fiction for all ages, from picture books to adult. He earned his BA in English writing and rhetoric at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. Currently, he lives in a Milwaukee bungalow with his wife and pup, who share his love for cozying up with a good book. Z Goes First is his first picture book.

Mike Perry is a designer and artist working in numerous media: books, magazines, films, and newspapers. He is originally from Kansas City, Missouri. His creative adventure began at age thirteen when his grandfather gave him a tackle box full of paint. From then on, it has been one canvas, silk screen, notebook page, paper, and poster print after another. Perry went to Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a degree in graphic design, and his first job was designing for Urban Outfitters, where he worked for three years. Z Goes First is his debut picture book.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 May #4)

Fed up with being last in the alphabet, the letter Z seeks a promotion. Z recruits Y to make the move with her, but the other letters impede their progress: "You can't get past me. I'm the most important letter in the alphabet. And quite flexible, too," E says. Lamb packs in letter-related gags: "X is always cross," Z tells Y, and "LMNOP stuck together as if they formed their own word." Working in a bubbly art style, Perry renders the letters with googly eyes and in a candy-colored palette: Z herself is yellow with wavy hair and big, pink and orange polka dots. Some letters' personalities come across as underdeveloped, however, and Z never manages to entirely disrupt the flow of the alphabet as the title suggests. Nevertheless, readers should appreciate the pun-heavy banter as Y and Z learn that each letter has its own valuable place in the alphabet. Ages 3–6. (May)

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