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The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

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Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office. Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?! Filled with the same humor, wit, and Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office. Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?! Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the hit 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.


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Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office. Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?! Filled with the same humor, wit, and Just when Private I thinks all is calm-now that he's cracked the case of 7 Ate 9-Question Mark storms into the office. Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that's absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it's too late?! Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the hit 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.

30 review for The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    This story is perfect for those readers just advancing on from picture books and alphabet books and ready for a challenge! This book is perfect for those not quite ready for chapter books. The plot reminds me of an old-time detective story and has the same flair but toned-down for the younger set. This is a follow up to 7 ate 9and takes place in Capital City when all of the capital letters disappear. As you follow Private I with help from the Question Mark? and Exclamation Point! as they search This story is perfect for those readers just advancing on from picture books and alphabet books and ready for a challenge!  This book is perfect for those not quite ready for chapter books. The plot reminds me of an old-time detective story and has the same flair but toned-down for the younger set.  This is a follow up to 7 ate 9 and takes place in Capital City when all of the capital letters disappear.  As you follow Private I with help from the Question Mark?  and Exclamation Point! as they search for clues that will keep your young one guessing and reading along with the wordplay. There are lots of silly puns that will have you laughing as well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chance Lee

    Add a star or two depending on how much you like grammar and punctuation jokes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    A fun read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rumsha A • Storiesandplottwists

    I run on puns. You guys know it, even my bio on Instagram says so. So you can bet your bucks I enjoyed this short but pun-ny book very much. In this one, the Capital letters go missing, and detective 'I' is charged with solving the mystery. Intended for children, this book is a good start for early reading.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. I was delighted when I was selected for the blog tour for this book and then I also received a ecopy of the book. I couldn't wait to start reading and here we are now. I was in the mood for a punny word detective book and this one seemed perfect. Meet Private I (yes, really), he just finished a case is kind of looking forward to having some quiet and rest.. but he won't have that for long as quite soon Mark, the question I received this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review. I was delighted when I was selected for the blog tour for this book and then I also received a ecopy of the book. I couldn't wait to start reading and here we are now. I was in the mood for a punny word detective book and this one seemed perfect. Meet Private I (yes, really), he just finished a case is kind of looking forward to having some quiet and rest.. but he won't have that for long as quite soon Mark, the question mark, bursts into the office to tell our Private I that he is the only one left as an uppercase letter. OH NO! That this can happen in Capital City, chaos will happen so it is up to Private I to get to the case and find out the hints. We see him wander through the city, meet up with various characters, for instance ampersand and her twins q and p, and did you see hyphen jogging around? And then he gets his first clue which leads him to more delightful characters and eventually he solves the case. How, I am not going to be telling you, you will just have to read, but it was such a delight. I definitely hadn't expected that character to be the culprit. We learn why they did what they did, and I could definitely understand why they did what they did given the character they are. All in all, this will surely delight kids. They can learn about the alphabet, about numbers, about punctuation and more. There are tons of puns related to all of this and I am sure that they will laugh themselves silly. Just like I did. The art was also pretty fun, it was a nice style. I had tons of fun reading this book and I would highly recommend this one to everyone. I can't wait to see what other cases Private I will have and what kind of things will happen next in this city. Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Holly (Texan Girl Reviews)

    This has to be one of the most coolest ways that educates kids on their letters while having a mystery to solve while reading it! Private I thinks all is calm until Question Mark comes storming in with the news that all the Uppercase letters are missing! As Private I discovers where all the Uppercase letters have gone to with a huge surprise on who did it, that one line "Lock him up and throw away the keyboard" will put a huge smile on your face, knowing as well that you are teaching your kids an This has to be one of the most coolest ways that educates kids on their letters while having a mystery to solve while reading it! Private I thinks all is calm until Question Mark comes storming in with the news that all the Uppercase letters are missing! As Private I discovers where all the Uppercase letters have gone to with a huge surprise on who did it, that one line "Lock him up and throw away the keyboard" will put a huge smile on your face, knowing as well that you are teaching your kids an important life lesson that makes learning their letters totally fun!! It was a short read but totally educational for kids to learn with a hilarious story-line to boot! The Illustrations in this book are spot on and totally make this book what it is! Thank You to Tara Lazar for this short read that totally put a smile on my face!! I voluntarily reviewed this book from the Publisher!

  7. 5 out of 5

    books are love

    Received in exchange for a honest review. This was awesome. Highly entertaining and just a fun take on the alphabet and grammar. I loved the puns they were quirky and sassy but also humorous. The whole book was a hoot. The illustrations were lighthearted and fun. They drew you into the story and helped show what the mystery was about. Private I was awesome and I love the ending with B. I think I felt most for Exclamation point and he does have a point. Poor guy. Mark seemed frazzled and just Received in exchange for a honest review. This was awesome. Highly entertaining and just a fun take on the alphabet and grammar. I loved the puns they were quirky and sassy but also humorous. The whole book was a hoot. The illustrations were lighthearted and fun. They drew you into the story and helped show what the mystery was about. Private I was awesome and I love the ending with B. I think I felt most for Exclamation point and he does have a point. Poor guy. Mark seemed frazzled and just added to the whole picture and entertainment. B was the one that helps I the most I think leaving him clues. And the p and q’s were great. All the puns and humor just have you smiling and laughing as you are drawn into the mystery of what happened to the capital letters and why.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    This is a hilarious new children’s picture book. Punctuation marks and letters walk around in this city. It was so funny to see these symbols brought to life. They sometimes acted out their function, such as periods holding up a stop sign. This is a fun way to teach children letters and punctuation. I loved the puns in this book. There were so many clever ways that phrases were played with in this book. For example, the phrase “mind your p’s and q’s” was turned into an illustration of an ampersand This is a hilarious new children’s picture book. Punctuation marks and letters walk around in this city. It was so funny to see these symbols brought to life. They sometimes acted out their function, such as periods holding up a stop sign. This is a fun way to teach children letters and punctuation. I loved the puns in this book. There were so many clever ways that phrases were played with in this book. For example, the phrase “mind your p’s and q’s” was turned into an illustration of an ampersand (&) babysitting or “minding” a baby p and q. These puns were so clever! I loved this book! It is hilarious for children and adults. Thank you Disney-Hyperion for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lenoire

    Private I is enjoying the calm after solving the case of 7 Ate 9 when Question Mark bursts in with the mystery of the century. Mark is worried that all the capital letters are missing! However, Private I has a hard time believing him since this is Capital City. As Private I is the last letter standing, he will have to solve the mystery before it's too late. The book was a fun laugh out read. The cute book made learning fun with witty jokes and silly puns. An adorable read for any young child Private I is enjoying the calm after solving the case of 7 Ate 9 when Question Mark bursts in with the mystery of the century.  Mark is worried that all the capital letters are missing! However, Private I has a hard time believing him since this is Capital City. As Private I is the last letter standing, he will have to solve the mystery before it's too late. The book was a fun laugh out read. The cute book made learning fun with witty jokes and silly puns. An adorable read for any young child learning the alphabet.  

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirsti Call

    "Luckily the Quotation Twins were willing were willing to talk. 'Yeah, something's definitely up, besides us,' they said. 'But don't quote us on that.'" I love all of Tara Lazar's quirky, clever books. This book is the perfect companion to 7 ate 9. The story is fast paced, and every spread has multiple puns, idioms, and witty wordplay. The film noir illustrations enhance the already super fun storyline. This is the kind of story that you'll want to re-read for a rollicking ride and a chuckle.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    A Private I case when the capital letters go missing and he must find them. In the vein of the old Dick Tracy and other private eye black and white movies. Lots of tongue-in-cheek phrases. Kids will find the letters of the alphabet and need the reader to explain ampersand and hyphen in younger grades. But the book is fun with the punctuation marks and the signs missing the capital letters. My grown up friends love the book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beulah Jenifer

    I have got a fun, super adorable book to read. The Upper Case is a quick, laugh out loud read where alphabets, exclamations, quotations live together. The conversations between them are charming and, I didn't want the book to end. The illustrations were mind-blowing and, perfect. I would recommend the book to children and all young minds. I have not included any exclamation in this post. Find out why by reading the book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    Tara Lazar did it again. This story is hilarious. There is so much on every page that we could have stopped and discussed all the way through. Instead, I read it and took note of when they caught the puns. It is a story that my kids will read again and again and discover new funny things each time, I'm sure.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Private I has to investigate when all of the other capital letters disappear. He follows clues left by the amazing Miss B and saves the letters. They confront the culprit and learn why he put them up on the marquee and left them there. Clever puns throughout for older readers and a fun story for younger ones.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    All of the Upper Case Letters are missing from Alphabet City and I is chosen to help. After careful searching and a LOT of questioning, he finds them hanging onto a marquee where they had been placed by Exclamation point who felt like he was over worked???? Anyhooo...idea is fun but way too complicated. Who would we give this too? Teachers? Five year olds learning to read?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Francis S. Poesy

    Chock full of fun punctuation and spelling puns/jokes along with a story about a punctuation mark who has had it with ALL CAPS! A fun read that will withstand multiple readings both for its deep reservoir of puns/jokes and for its hilarious illustrations of personified letters and punctuation marks.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anthony

    When all the upper case letters go missing from Capital city, Question Mark hires Private I to solve the case. It turns out to be a tougher case than Private I thought, but he doesn't shrink from the case. A fun quirky look at the elements of style. and how it is used.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Punctuation! A fun way for kids to learn. I think this book would appeal to older kids who read picture books as there are double entendres. Parents and caregivers will delight in this playful book as well.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book was AMAZING. I laughed so hard that I cried. I love the nuisances so that adults will enjoy it as much as kids. I work at a library and read it to older kids (grades 1-4) often. It is perfect for teachers and libraries.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Viviane Elbee

    Funny detective picture book, where all the capital letters have disappeared except for the hero, detective Private I. Many of these jokes will be better understood by elementary students familiar with punctuation and capable of understanding puns.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    Very humorous and clever. Loved this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Edward Sullivan

    An entertaining follow-up to 7 Ate 9: The Untold Story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    An elementary and up book about all the capital letters in a city going missing and the upper case I trying to find them.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Doris Raines

    NICE BOOk.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dwan Dawson-Tape

    This is so much fun - clever language usage that entertains as it teaches grammar and punctuation. Plenty for kids and adults to see and think about.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    I love this series. It so fun, and I especially

  27. 4 out of 5

    PB&J (Picture Books and Jammies)

    Loved it! I loved all the different nods to grammar (even though grammar and me have a bit of a love-hate relationship) and I especially loved how the story unfolded. Great and fun read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Culleen

    Cute story that shows the importance of punctuation. Read as part of book review program for school

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    2nd grade

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Yay! The sequel to Seven Ate Nine! There is trouble in Capital City and Private I is on the case.

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