It s an E mergency The letter E took a tumble and the only way to get her back on her foot is for people to stop using her But who can take her place The other letters have to make a decision ASAP Z is too sleepy and Y asks way too many questions Thankfully, O rolls in to try and save the day Now E can rost up and got bottor as long as ovorybody follows the rulos Chock full of verbal and visual puns, this zany book is sure to tickle both the brain and the funny bone


10 thoughts on “E-mergency!

  1. Janet Janet says:

    Don t be deceived by the alphabet theme this ABColutely deee lightful picture book, chock full of wordplay, visual puns, and my favorite device breaking the fourth wall is for older kids Like my 12 year old, who giggled right through it as we identified side jokes sprinkled generously throughout the illustrations I bet we missed a lotWhen the letter E takes a tumble and lands in the hospital, well rounded O is called on to fill in for her Since E must rest up, she s not allowed t Don t be deceived by the alphabet theme this ABColutely deee lightful picture book, chock full of wordplay, visual puns, and my favorite device breaking the fourth wall is for older kids Like my 12 year old, who giggled right through it as we identified side jokes sprinkled generously throughout the illustrations I bet we missed a lotWhen the letter E takes a tumble and lands in the hospital, well rounded O is called on to fill in for her Since E must rest up, she s not allowed to work so every use of the letter E is replaced by O for the duration The local school gets a new sign Roosovolt Momorial School and a reminder of a spolling tost today Inquisitive Y asks why isn t our buddy gotting bottor And indeed, E isn t getting better until it s discovered that SOMEONE isn t letting her rest Challenging and hilarious to read aloud, and not a book to rush through, this is a fabulous choice for sophisticated 2nd 3rd graders and their older siblings I give it 5 stars and 5 vowels


  2. Clare Cannon Clare Cannon says:

    Hilarious picture book about what happens when the letter E is injured and must stay out of action for a while O has to replace him, and that s not oasy Adults might even enjoy itthan kids


  3. Richie Partington Richie Partington says:

    2 November 2011 E MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields Meyer, Chronicle, October 2011, 40p., ISBN 978 0 8118 7898 2 Why isn t E even crying asks the letter Y, who is always asking questions Sometimes she s a silent E responds the well rounded letter O, who is going to get mighty busy in a minute Third, fourth, and fifth graders love to engage in word play involving double meanings They are learning to pick up on puns and they are gobbling up joke books Nowadays, so many 2 November 2011 E MERGENCY by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields Meyer, Chronicle, October 2011, 40p., ISBN 978 0 8118 7898 2 Why isn t E even crying asks the letter Y, who is always asking questions Sometimes she s a silent E responds the well rounded letter O, who is going to get mighty busy in a minute Third, fourth, and fifth graders love to engage in word play involving double meanings They are learning to pick up on puns and they are gobbling up joke books Nowadays, so many of these same kids are also becoming computer literate and are encountering and employing all sorts of texting abbreviations I recently read an article about how learning to use these abbreviations can actually enhance spelling ability They also love poring over books that are filled with visual details Hanging out in a school library with middle grade kids given free time, it is easy to see what made Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick s I SPY books and Joan Steiner s LOOK ALIKES books such an enduring phenomenon Each time I read through E MERGENCY, the story of the letter E falling down the stairs and while recuperating needing to be temporarily replaced by the letter O That s right Starting right NOW it s O instead of E That s it, PORIOD , I keep zeroing in onandfun details and word plays that punctuate this high action letter drama For example, among the happenings on one page, there is the letter X on the stairs, pointing out to everyone where E tripped Get it X marks the spot One of the scenes on a following page is of four letters calling out to the EMT staff, Andiamo , Speed it up , Vigorously , Pronto Which four letters It s A, S, V doing a hand stand impersonation of an A , and P Get it ASAP The streaming digital news display outside of Mol s Dinor says it all IMPORTANT LOTTER HURT O DOOS DOUBLO DUTY The back endpages contain a graphic showing each letter s frequency of use in the English language from most to least frequent Guess who is Number One on the chart This is such a fun and goofy tale It involves a R O A D T W I P, a mystery about E s failure to recuperate quickly thanks, we find out, to the narrator s negligence and, at the conclusion, a house party to celebrate E s return And, in between, the need to replace every E with an O yiolds scoros of tonguo tanglod mayhom Chock it out Richio Partington, MLISRichio s Picks


  4. Joanna Marple Joanna Marple says:

    Opening Lines Synopsis All the letters lived together in a big house Every morning they ran downstairs to breakfast The letters of the alphabet all live together in a house and have different jobs to do En route for breakfast one morning, the letter E tumbles down the stairs Oh, no It s an emergency The letter X helpfully marks the spot where E tripped, meanwhile A jumps into action and asks J to call 911 E is rushed hospital, but lack of E throws so many words into confusion and a repla Opening Lines Synopsis All the letters lived together in a big house Every morning they ran downstairs to breakfast The letters of the alphabet all live together in a house and have different jobs to do En route for breakfast one morning, the letter E tumbles down the stairs Oh, no It s an emergency The letter X helpfully marks the spot where E tripped, meanwhile A jumps into action and asks J to call 911 E is rushed hospital, but lack of E throws so many words into confusion and a replacement must be found The obvious choice is O, who is well rounded, especially as other, like Y asks too many questions, and Z proves too sleepy Mad, manic and zany antics ensue as the 25 letters collaborate to find a solution to E s absence and conveying the necessary information to the community An announcement is made on television shows and in newspapers to alert the public that E is out of service and O will stand in D and C travol to Washington to alort the govornmont Meanwhile back in the hospital, E s recovery appears slow and his co letters, upset by this news, pursue a culprit, who must have been disoboying tho lottor of tho law It s like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on steroids Publishers Weekly, starred review Visual and print punnery will have elementary kids and adults guessing and laughing Kirkus ReviewsWhy I like this book This alphabet book is packed with puns, acronyms and side splitting humour, in both its words and illustrations Preschoolers will not get the word play, but will be stimulated by the simple storyline and zany, active cartoon like illustrations and it can be used for letter recognition Older children will love the word letter play Adults will enjoy the wit too, and the ending is satisfactorily unexpected.One of the reasons I appreciate this wacky book is that It was inspired by Ezra Fields Meyer, a teen boy on the autistic spectrum, who is an expert animator, who had created a short animation video titled Alphabet House when he was 12 he s now in grade 10 Tom Lichtenfeld contacted Ezra after watching this inspirational video, and this unusual book collaboration evolved.The colorful spreads are very detailed and time needs to be taken with the illustrations to appreciate all the humour therein P is in the bathroom in the first illustration if that gives you a sense of the laugh out loud illustrative jokes Accolades Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011Association for Library Service to Children, Notable Children s Picture Books 2012 nomineeChildrensBookGuide.com Best Children s Books of 2011 selectionBoston Globe, Best Books of the Year 2011 selection


  5. Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee says:

    If you ve got a youngster in the preschool and early elementary age range then you are probably familiar with Tom Lichtenheld s funny and brilliant books Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Shark vs Train, and Duck Rabbit In E MERGENCY , he and newcomer, Ezra Fields Meyer, have fun with the Alphabet The story is that all the letters of the alphabet live together in a big house Everything s going along fairly well okay F didn t have a good report card until E has an accident Then th If you ve got a youngster in the preschool and early elementary age range then you are probably familiar with Tom Lichtenheld s funny and brilliant books Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, Shark vs Train, and Duck Rabbit In E MERGENCY , he and newcomer, Ezra Fields Meyer, have fun with the Alphabet The story is that all the letters of the alphabet live together in a big house Everything s going along fairly well okay F didn t have a good report card until E has an accident Then the world has to get along without E while she recuperates Actually, I guess that should be sho rocuporatos The letter O, you see, takes E s place.Chaos ensues and the puns and jokes never stop until the book comes to an End And I think most kids are going to enjoy the humor and bright, cheerful artwork As far as the audience, I believe that slightly older in school children are going to get the most out of E MERGENCY since many of the jokes and puns are based on spelling and punctuation There s a joke, for example, where the letter A tells J J,walk across the street and get the numbers so we can call 911 ha ha This book is at the AD480L Lexile level and I think it would be an excellent addition to classroom libraries as I think E MERGENCY offers a great way to get children to think about letters, words, and language especially now that are beginning to read for themselves There s a chart on the inside cover, by the way, that gives the English Language Letter Frequency E, of course, is the most commonly used letter, while Z is the rarest, only being found 0.074% of the time.Pam T mom blogger


  6. Barbara Barbara says:

    This is a deliciously delightful book filled with word play and visuals that will have readers laughing and wanting to share some of the lines with others The premise that all the letters of the alphabet live together in one house is sound, and the letters all have different jobs to do When E gets hurt one day while rushing down the stairs and must recuperate, there is a moratorium placed on the use of the letter E Since O is called upon to fill E s place, many confusing words are created, an This is a deliciously delightful book filled with word play and visuals that will have readers laughing and wanting to share some of the lines with others The premise that all the letters of the alphabet live together in one house is sound, and the letters all have different jobs to do When E gets hurt one day while rushing down the stairs and must recuperate, there is a moratorium placed on the use of the letter E Since O is called upon to fill E s place, many confusing words are created, and everyone except the narrator stops using the letter E Just how important the letter E actually is becomes apparent through the story The authors capture the personality of many of the letters quite well Z is always sleepy X always marks the spot Q and U always appear together Backmatter includes a list that shows the frequency of use of each letter, something Wheel of Fortune and Scrabble fans should note One of my favorite lines involves E s failure to cry even while hurt Says O, Sometimes she s a silent E unpaginated The ink, pastels, and colored pencil illustrations add to the fun and the letters personalities Clever, clever, clever


  7. Gwen the Librarian Gwen the Librarian says:

    This delightful and original alphabet book shows and tells with lots of jokes for those kids really familiar with their alphabet and sounds 2nd grade ish The whole alphabet lives together in a house When E slips and falls down the stairs, she is taken away to the hospital and, so she can recuperate, all the e s in words must now be replaced with o s You try reading the rest of the book phonetically with all of the e s replaced with o s It s hard And fun And silly Look at how the letters This delightful and original alphabet book shows and tells with lots of jokes for those kids really familiar with their alphabet and sounds 2nd grade ish The whole alphabet lives together in a house When E slips and falls down the stairs, she is taken away to the hospital and, so she can recuperate, all the e s in words must now be replaced with o s You try reading the rest of the book phonetically with all of the e s replaced with o s It s hard And fun And silly Look at how the letters stand together in different scenes and see what they spell P and U Yeah, they shouldn t sit together


  8. Jackie Jackie says:

    Oh, how I love this book It s clever, funny and a true challenge to read out loud think about NOT using any e s in words, and you ll understand why But I truly fell head over heals for this book when I learned that the co author, Ezra Fields Meyer, is a young, autistic child who caught Lichtenheld s notice after creating an amazing animated short called Alphabet House , which is the inspiration for this book Ezra s story is so inspiring and heartwarming, and chronicled in a book by his fa Oh, how I love this book It s clever, funny and a true challenge to read out loud think about NOT using any e s in words, and you ll understand why But I truly fell head over heals for this book when I learned that the co author, Ezra Fields Meyer, is a young, autistic child who caught Lichtenheld s notice after creating an amazing animated short called Alphabet House , which is the inspiration for this book Ezra s story is so inspiring and heartwarming, and chronicled in a book by his father, Tom Fields Meyer, called Following Ezra


  9. Sue Sue says:

    Review of E Mergency by Tom Lichtenheld.My neighbour gave me this humorous children s book to read, because she thought I would enjoy itand she was right This is an entertaining book about the alphabet What happens when the letter E is out of the picture The conversation becomes rather silly and hard to understand, especially when O stands in for E The narrative is humorous and the illustrations are funny and colorful I chuckled over the puns One missing letter makes a big differe Review of E Mergency by Tom Lichtenheld.My neighbour gave me this humorous children s book to read, because she thought I would enjoy itand she was right This is an entertaining book about the alphabet What happens when the letter E is out of the picture The conversation becomes rather silly and hard to understand, especially when O stands in for E The narrative is humorous and the illustrations are funny and colorful I chuckled over the puns One missing letter makes a big difference in how we communicate Don t have to be a child to enjoy the humor in this book


  10. Mary Mary says:

    The letter E breaks her legs and cannot be used at all or else she will not recover Definitely for older readers of picture books even though it has to do with the alphabet Pictures are cluttered and there are a lot of characters that make side comments, which the reader does not have to read to follow the story, but which add a lot to the story Not recommended.