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E-mergency! Hardcover – October 19, 2011
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About the Author
TOM LICHTENHELD loves drawing pictures and telling silly stories. His books include the New York Times best sellers Duck! Rabbit!, Shark Vs. Train, and Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.
EZRA FIELDS-MEYER is a high school student and an expert on animated movies and animals. He is the creator of the animated short Alphabet House, which inspired this book, and is the subject of the memoir Following Ezra (by his father, Tom Fields-Meyer). He and his family live in Los Angeles, California.
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A clever, funny book, E-Mergency! is not just for children; indeed, it is a book for all ages. The concept is simple. So simple, that it takes two geniuses to come up with it:
Take the most used vowel out of the alphabet and substitute another. In this case, while the letter E recovers in the hospital from a fall down the stairs, the letter O (the most rounded of the vowels) is selected to take E's place. What follows is an animated story showing the importance of the letter E by its absence, in one after another word in the story line. Not a wasted letter, word, or sentence in this tale, which becomes more and more hysterically funny as the pages turn.
Based on Ezra Fields-Meyer's video, Alphabet House, which appears on U-Tube, each of the letters plays a role in the book, a purposefully egalitarian choice designed not to insult or hurt any of the letters.
Kudos to John Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer for writing and animating this wonderfully sensational book. it is far greater than the sum of its parts. Definitely a read-often book, 'tis a keeper.
You have to make sure, on his books, that you really look at the details on the pages of the funny things he writes, or you miss a lot of the humour...some directed at the adults, as kids may not catch it all, but it makes it fun for adults to read as well!
Quite an adventure!