Saturday, May 5, 2012

Children's Book Review: E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer

It's been a while since I shared a children's book review, but I had to share this one that I picked up at the library this week. It's E-mergency! by Tom Lichtenheld and teen Ezra Fields-May. It's an alphabet book for the older crowd (kindergarten and up is probably good). In the story, all the letters live in a house together. When E falls down the stairs and has to go to the hospital, A takes charge and tells O that he has to take her place. From that point on, all the E's in the book are replaced with O's.

The letters travel all over the world to spread the word that no one should be using the letter E. Yet, she doesn't seem to be getting better. That's when I realized I was supposed to be reading the words as if E was still there, because Exclamation Point realizes that the narrator is still using E! My kids actually loved hearing me try to read things like, "E is injurod and can't work, so O must bo usod instoad of E." without the E. But if you read it, you should probably read it right so it makes more sense when they yell at the narrator!

What I love about this book is that it appealed to both of my kids (ages 5 and 8). C loved it and has read it a couple times on his own. M has asked me to read it several times. And we've only had it a few days. The illustrations are so much fun, too, as long as you're not offended by some potty humor. For example, when we meet all the letters in the house at the beginning, P standing in the bathroom peeing! In addition to the regular story, there's lots going on in each of the comic-like pictures too ~ lots of word bubbles.

If you're looking for a fun alphabet book for the older crowd, definitely check out E-mergency! Another favorite from last year is A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj, which is also great for the older kids.

My Rating: 5/5

This review was written based on a copy of E-mergency! that I borrowed from the library.

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  1. We also absolutely loved E-mergency as well. Its sequence Zero the Hero is pretty good too. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

    1. I'll have to check out Zero the Hero. Thanks!


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