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E-mergency was inspired by this video, created by high school student Ezra Fields-Meyer.

Learn more about Ezra in this memoir written by his father, Tom Fields-Meyer
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E-MERGENCY!

CHRONICLE BOOKS

Created in collaboration with Ezra Fields-Meyer

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."

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"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."

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"Sheer madness, enhanced by Lichtenheld and Fields-Meyers' unceasingly witty, manic visual and verbal jokes."

BOSTON GLOBE

ACCOLADES

  • Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011
  • Association for Library Service to Children, Notable Children's Picture Books 2012 nominee
  • ChildrensBookGuide.com Best Children's Books of 2011 selection
  • Boston Globe, Best Books of the Year 2011 selection
  • 2013 Sakura Medal Award, Tokyo, Japan
  • ForeWord Reviews, 2011 Book of the Year Honorable Mention

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