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Erin Mackaman said:
This was a wounderful book! I would recommend it to people who like words, the art of language, history of words, and logic. There are a few histarical turns and bends in the story, and I hope you enjoy this book too!
posted Nov 4, 2010 at 8:41AM
Avatar for poohbubba poohbubba said:
When you loose the ability to use certian letters from the alphabet, it becomes harder & harer to make sense of what is beig writte. So ou have the plo o his sor.
posted Feb 24, 2010 at 1:37PM
Avatar for KaliO KaliO said:
“The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.” The island nation of Nollop is founded in honor of Nevin Nollop, the man who created this popular pangram (a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet). The residents live in peace—until letters start falling from the inscription of the pangram on Nollop’s memorial statue. The all-powerful government Council rules that these letters can no longer be spoken or written and as they disappear from the statue, they also disappear from the novel. Teenage Ella Minnow Pea is a reader of literature, a writer of letters, and like most of the people on Nollop, has a real way with words. Ella and her cousin Tassie write to each other (the novel is an epistolary one) and form an underground movement to resist the Council’s decision and the fierce consequences that occur when you forget to spell every word out in your mind before you speak it. But standing firm and thinking fast only get the islanders so far—it’s hard to tell anyone what you’ve done when you’ve lost E and D (no –ed past tense endings), and word substitution can only get you so far (“sun” becomes “yellow sphere” when U tumbles to the ground). Soon only Ella and the reader are left to scramble for a solution that will save the island nation from madness and silence. Clever and entertaining, Ella Minnow Pea is a race against time before all the letters fall and language is lost forever. With a healthy dose of fantasy and creativity, author Mark Dunn uses the absurd to get serious about government power and freedom of speech. The English language is stretched to its limits and before you know it, Ella Minnow Pea will have you fighting for the rights of ABC, XYZ, and everything in between.
posted Jan 21, 2010 at 10:55PM
Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
With shades of Kurt Vonnegut, George Orwell, and William Pene du Bois, Ella Minnow Pea is delightfully clever from start to finish. It's also hilarious, insightful, and progressively lipogrammatic. As one reviewer said, "There's a whiff of the classic about Ella Minnow Pea."
posted Jul 8, 2008 at 1:48PM
Ema said:
This was a great book. Very creative and fun to read. I recomend it to anyone.
posted Apr 14, 2004
Samantha said:
Ella Minnow Pea is a funny book for people who love words. Ella is an 18-year-old girl living on Nollop (a made-up island), whose society and culture devotes itself to words and to Nevin Nollop, the person who wrote the phrase "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" (which, by the way, contains all the letters of the alphabet.) This phrase appears on Nollop's memorial statue, and when letter tiles start falling off, the Island High Council thinks Nollop is trying to say something, and outlaws the use of those letters. With only a few letters and citizens (most have been banished from the island for using the prohibited letters) left, Ella has to come up with a new phrase in three days to meet the challenge one of her friends has negotiated with the council and save the island! Will she do it? Read this epistolary (written entirely in letters and notes) book to find out! It's also a great vocabulary builder. :)
posted Apr 9, 2004
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