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  • 2013 Wanda Gág Read Aloud Honor Books

    Oh, No! written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, and published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, 2012.

    Oh, No!"Oh, No!" The animals in the forest have found themselves in quite a predicament. One by one the animals have tumbled into a hole. Now tiger is hot on their trail licking his lips to see a hole filled with such tasty treats. Can elephant rescue them in time, and what will they do about tiger?

    Children ages two through six were drawn in by the made-up language of the animals and chanted along each time "Oh, No" was repeated. The illustrations provided interest for groups of all sizes, but the large size illustrations especially facilitated large group reads. Children asked to forgo a second story for the opportunity to hear Oh, No! one more time.

    Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann both live in Oak Park, Illinois. HEATHER MANEIRO 

    Z is for Moose written by Kelly Bingham, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2012.

    Z is for MooseThe curtain opens with a standard run through the alphabet with recognizable animals and items. Things begin to go awry when "D" ends up being for Moose. Moose is a positively lovable character who is so excited to be involved in this drama of the alphabet that he jumps into the mix a bit too early and then, as he takes his place, interrupts the other characters. As the suspense comes to a climax, readers turn the page to find that Moose has been replaced by Mouse. Chaos ensues, complete with total disruption of several letters. Resolution is found when Moose realizes that there is still a chance to be part of the alphabet show with the letter Z.

    The vibrant colors add punch and pizzazz to the theatrical and humorous illustrations. Frame by frame, readers are taken through each letter and even when chaos reigns, children can follow along with the alphabet.

    Children ages three to nine loved this engaging and funny book. They enjoyed the "delightful twist on an ABC book" and demanded repeated readings. Readers appreciated that it allowed for exploration of feelings, emotions, taking turns, and friendship.

    A resident of Ellijay, Georgia, Kelly Bingham, once a storyboard illustrator for Disney, now writes children's books. Paul O. Zelinsky lives in Brooklyn, New York with his family. HEATHER NESMEIER