By Tom Lichtenheld, Ezra Fields-Meyer
Chronicle Books, $16.99, 32 pages
Every morning at Alphabet House the letters run downstairs for breakfast. One morning “E” runs too fast and is hurt. “A” and the rest of the letters decide that until “E” is healthy, nobody can use “E” when writing and talking. So begins E-Mergency!, a children’s book by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Myer. This delightful book is filled with play-on-words and jokes about letters. When the Alphabet announces that “E” is off the job, there is pandemonium. Schools serve “moatloaf, groom salad, poas and dossort” for lunch. Stores change their names from “Ice Cream Shop” to “Ico Croam Shop” and the “Goodyear Blimp” becomes the “Goodyoar Blimp.” Can the letters help “E” get healthy and back to work?
Kids will laugh while sounding out the words in the book without using “E.” Parents and teachers can use this book to teach ways letters work together. Children will love hearing their teachers try to talk without using “E”. The ink, pastel, and colored pencil illustrations are bold and bright. The details of the letters inside Alphabet House are worth taking a closer look. This fun and unique story will be a favorite of “roaders” of all ages.