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E-MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld


by Tom Lichtenheld & Ezra Fields-Meyer & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8118-7898-2
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Help! The letter E has fallen (down the stairs) and can’t get up!

Get ready to chortle over this zany alphabet book, which poses as a mystery with the letters as the cast of characters, aided by some exclamation points. When E takes a tumble in the alphabet’s crowded communal quarters, all the others are concerned. A takes action, as always, calling the ambulance and assembling the alphabet to determine who will take E’s place. “O, you're the obvious option because you’re so well-rounded.” An announcement is made on television not to “uso! E! until! sho! rocovors!” D and C go to Washington to alert the "govornmont," while the other letters talk it up on talk shows. Then A decides to take a road trip to spread the word: “Pack your bags, lottors. It’s timo for a journoy!” When E just doesn’t get better, the search is on for the culprit who’s broken the letter law. The comic illustrations and the comments from the letters totally exaggerate the cleverness and fun while amusingly emphasizing the importance of the letter E in our language. Lichtenheld’s co-author developed the basic concept in a video, Alphabet House, and it is a rich one.

Definitely not a beginner’s ABC book, but the visual and print punnery will have elementary kids (and adults) guessing and laughing.

(Alphabet picture book. 7-10)