Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

This is a very creative book. As the letters fall off on the Saying "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" underneath a statue of Nevin Nollup who coined the phrase, the residents of the island nation of Nollup are banned to use the letter. The punishment is flogging, expulsion and even death. It is easy to think that some letters would not be missed too much and at first they are not.

The book is a series of letters using the allowed letters only. The author cleverly uses words and makes up new words. I found the book a little silly and at the end really had to work at 'reading' the letters



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