Reviews for E-mergency!

Booklist Reviews 2011 December #1
*Starred Review* In this nontraditional, rascally, downright hilarious alphabet book, all 26 letters live together in one big house. One morning as the letters are descending the stairs to breakfast, the letter E takes a tumble and is rushed to the ER for some TLC. During E's extended recuperation, the letters decide that another vowel must temporarily take E's place. The letter O is chosen, causing chaos as people around the world try to make sense of all the misspelled mayhem. "Spolling tost today!" shouts a school billboard. Car horns go "Boop Boop!" And the injured E listlessly holds a balloon that reads "Got Woll Soon." The jokes fly fast and furious, and it will take several reads to catch them all. Because of this detail, it's a book ideal for single readers or smaller groups, who will have to puzzle out a lot of the weird-looking words. It's surprisingly challenging, so give this to children who have a clear sense of letter sounds and wordplay. The ink, pastels, and colored pencil illustrations keep things busy, busy, busy, completing this package that readers will return to ovor and ovor. (Get it?) Recommended to fans of Chris Van Allsburg's The Z Was Zapped (1987). Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
When E tumbles down the stairs, O is elected to fill in while his fellow vowel recuperates. What follows is mass confusion ("That's it, PORIOD"; "I'm OXCITOD!!") The joke is one note, but plenty of visual humor in the lively cartoon illustrations carry the story along until E goes home at "thE End."

Kirkus Reviews 2011 October #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 October #2

Picture books often get by on a single comic device, but Lichtenheld (Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site) and his collaborator, 14-year-old Fields-Meyer, pack their alphabet book with jokes--it's like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on steroids. Imagine what would happen if the letter E broke its leg and O had to be tapped for substitute duty ("Big Troo Falls On Toony Car!" reads a newspaper headline). The co-authors invent dozens of puns, hiding them in the corners of pages (P is the source of potty jokes, Z is forever tired) and assembling acronyms ("The EMTs rushed in with an IV, ready to perform CPR"). The letters often assemble words on the spot (after E falls, some chums spell "OUCH!") and, in a grand finale of self-reference, they insist that the narrator play by the book's rules and quit using the letter E ("That's bottor!" says N, mollified). Though some of the jokes will be clear only to older brothers and sisters, readers who are in the thick of learning spelling rules will pore over the pages. Comprehensive, witty entertainment from A to Z. Ages 4-8. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 December

K-Gr 2--All the letters of the alphabet live together in one big, happy house. One morning as they race down the stairs to breakfast, E goes too fast and falls, injuring one of her appendages. After the EMTs arrive, bringing TLC and carrying an IV, E is admitted to the hospital. To properly recover she can't be used, so O is picked to fill in on her behalf. Despite news reports, congressional hearings, reader boards, a spot on Oprah, and a world tour to spread the news to use O instead of E, the injured letter is still not getting better. In a surprise worthy of Jon Stone's The Monster at the End of This Book (Western Publishing, 1971), the letters suddenly turn on the narrator and demand that he stop using E as he is why she's not getting better. After a page of tricky-to-read prose, E is healed and ready to go back to work just in time for thE End. The text tells only part of the story. The detailed cartoons of the letters in action with a plethora of speech balloons take the story to a whole other level of humor. This artwork takes a funny story and makes it hilarious to the right readers/listeners, of which there will be many. Kids and adults will get more of the sly humor each time they read this book. Warning: It's not easy to read all those words with the E replaced by an O.--Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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