When the letter E falls down the stairs the only way to get her back on her feet is for everyone to stop using her. But who will take her place while she's recuperating? Z is too sleepy and Y asks way too many questions. Maybe O is the best letter for the job, because he's so well-rounded? After the alphabet alerts the media about E's replacement, communications chaos ensues, as every newspaper, sign and school lunch menu is hilariously mangled.
Packed with puns, wordplay and non-stop silliness, E-mergency hits that sweet spot between learning and laughing.
"Picture books often get by on a single comic device, but Lichtenheld and his collaborator, 14-year-old Fields-Meyer, pack their alphabet book with jokes – it's like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom on steroids . . . readers who are in the thick of learning spelling rules will pore over the pages. Comprehensive, witty entertainment from A to Z."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
"The jokes fly fast and furious . . . nontraditional, rascally, downright hilarious. . . The ink, pastels, and colored pencil illustrations keep things busy, busy, busy, completing this as a package that readers will return to over and over."
BOOKLIST, STARRED REVIEW
"This artwork takes a funny story and makes it hilarious . . . Kids and adults will get more of the sly humor each time they read this book."
SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, STARRED REVIEW
"Get ready to chortle over this zany alphabet book . . . 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."
"Every page is chock-full of inventive letter-play, sometimes winking more to parent than child."
NEW YORK TIMES
" . . . the reading experience is hilarious . . . There are laughs, many laughs, on every page."
"Sheer madness, enhanced by Lichtenheld and Fields-Meyers' unceasingly witty, manic visual and verbal jokes."