The Z Was Zapped

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The Z Was Zapped
The Z Was Zapped (Chris Van Allsburg book) cover art.jpg
Author Chris Van Allsburg
Illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
Country United States
Genre Children's, Fantasy novel
Publisher Houghton Mifflin
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
ISBN 0-395-44612-0
OCLC 248741285
Preceded by The Stranger
Followed by Two Bad Ants

The Z Was Zapped (ISBN 0-395-44612-0) is a picture book by the American author Chris Van Allsburg originally published in 1987 by Houghton Mifflin. The book tells the story "in 26 acts," each showing how each letter in the alphabet caught some bad luck.[1] The artwork has a stark look by using black and white pencil drawings. Each destruction of the letters take place on a proscenium theater stage.


  • The A was in an avalanche.
  • The B was badly bitten.
  • The C was cut to ribbons.
  • The Z was zapped.
  • Fritz appears in the book as the dog that bites the "B." Only his nose is shown.
  • The letters that are injured are called "the Caslon players" after the font used for the book text.


  1. ^ Sorensen, Marilou (July 18, 1989). "Delectable drawings make ABC book a treat". The Deseret News. Retrieved 18 November 2011.