Perfect Picture Books Friday-“E-mergency”

Book Cover for E-mergencyTitle: “E-mergency”

By: Tom Lichtenheld and Ezra Fields-Meyer

Publisher: Chronicle Books, 2008, fiction

Ages: For elementary age kids

Theme: Alphabet use, friendship, humor, wordplay, problem solving, puns.

Learning resources: free activity guides here:  http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/activity_guides.html  and click on:http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/childrens_books/teachers.html for more resources that are helpful in the classroom.

From the jacket: “What happens when the most important letter in the alphabet gets a big owie? One of the other letters has to take her place while she recuperates, but who? Z is too sleepy, and Y asks too many questions. Is O well-rounded enough to handle the job? It’s a real E-mergency

Opening sentence: “All the letters lived together in a big house. Every morning they ran downstairs to breakfast.”

Why I love it: It’s a wonderful book expressing the value of friendship as well as teaching about vowels and consonants. The illustrations are hilarious cartoons of letters with personalities and human qualities. It’s a delightful story with a surprise ending. The fact that it was sparked by an autistic teen, Ezra Fields-Meyer makes it that much more intriguing. You can also click here for another good review: http://childrensbooksheal.com/2011/11/02/e-mergency-by-tom-lichtenheld-and-ezra-fields-meyer/

This book review is part of Susanna’s Perfect Picture Book Friday: or Just Right Books 

See alsohttps://clarbojahn.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/picture-book-perfect-fridays-leonardo-the-terrible-monster/

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21 Responses to Perfect Picture Books Friday-“E-mergency”

  1. I have yet to read this book – although I’m dying too! – this is the second time I’ve seen it reviewed. It looks like so much fun! And I love that it was sparked by an autistic teen – that his ideas were valued and someone took him seriously. And it turned out so well! Thanks for sharing this great addition to our list 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      You’re welcome, Susanna. You are sure to love it when you finally read it. It was Patricia’s review that made me put a hold on it in my local library and review it for Perfect Picture Book Friday. And I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂

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  2. I’ve heard so much about this book and did take a quick peek when I was at the book store the other day. Still need to sit down and read it through, though. Sounds very fun and educational!

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    • clarbojahn says:

      The educational part is by ‘osmosis’ so it doesn’t hurt. Basically it is just plain fun. Go ahead take it out and sit down with it. You won’t be sorry. 😉

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  3. I m so glad you chose to review this book. It is a must read book for the Perfect Picture Book list. It’s also been selected as one of the best picture books this year by Publisher’s Weekly. I found Ezra’s idea brilliant and loved that Tom Lichtenheld collaborated with him to create this treasure!Thanks for sharing my interview link with Tom.

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  4. Joanna says:

    Clar, great idea to review this for PPBF! I still haven’t seen a copy yet, but after all these great reviews I am eager to read it for myself.

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  5. Julie says:

    Cute! I love books that promote “learning by osmosis!”

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  6. Clar,
    Thank you for reviewing our book. Here’s a site where I tell much of the backstory: http://writerjenn.blogspot.com/2011/10/peek-at-creative-space-of-tom.html

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    • clarbojahn says:

      You are very welcome, Tom. I thoroughly enjoyed your book and love spreading the word. Thanks for the link. And your comment. Hope everyone sees it and links through. 🙂

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  7. I love the idea of letters living together.

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  8. Oh Clar, I had seen this book and enjoyed Toms link when viewing Pat’s blog post. As we can see by his comment here, Tom is very generous in sharing his informative website. I also loved that you picked this book. It has much to inspire! I loved letter O!
    Thankyou Clar.

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    • Clar says:

      Your welcome, Patientdreamer, I was as awed by Tom’s message as I was by his book. Yes, He is generous. As welcome as you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. 🙂

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  9. Catherine Johnson says:

    Very creative, I can’t wait to check it out! Thank you Clar.

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  10. HA HA! I just told my mom I thought this book looks good. I saw it on Chronicle Books website and it’s on my Happy Haul-idays list! Glad you liked it 🙂

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    • clarbojahn says:

      OH! I hope you get it. It is one to read more than once. You’ll thoroughly enjoy it. Thanks for visiting and commenting, Erik. Glad to have you stop by. 🙂

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