This is one of the most original books I've ever read. I still use the central challenge in this book (writing as short a sentence as possible using all of the letters of the alphabet) to help clear my mind on those insomnia nights....I would post my copy of the book, but I REALLY don't want to get rid of it.
an amusing fantasy about a fictional island where the inhabitants revere the fictional author of the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," containing all the letters in the alphabet. When the letters start falling off his statue, the people on the island are not allowed to use words containing those letters either in writing or in speech. This is not much of a problem when the "Z" falls off, but becomes very inconvenient when letters like "s" and "a" begin to fall. This book would appeal to adult readers who enjoy playful, intelligent fantasy but would also appeal to bookish young adolescent readers.
Ella Minnow Pea is a cleverly written book about a place where alphabet letters are removed from use...the author manages to write and convey ideas, despite a growing loss of letters. It's fun to read and fun to decipher at the end!
This is the most unique book i have ever read. Say the name of the book fast and you will catch on fast as to the idea of the book, although this is the persons name in the story. Each sentence gets shorter and harder to read, so if you enjoy "mind strainers" and word games, this read is for you. All the letters must be used in a sentence. I found this so addicting it was hard to put down. It is actually a story, and a game, so be prepared to be engrossed.
This is a story about the fictional country of Nollop, an island located off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after the man who invented the phrase "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog". The letters making up these words are on the statue of Mr. Nollop in the town center, and one day, the letters start to fall off. The town council takes it upon themselves to ban that letter from their vocabulary, but then more and more letters start to fall off...
This is a quirky novel, and short; I read it in a day. This is an unusual choice for a novel, to be sure, but it does succed as a satire. It also is a commentary about totalitarianism and governments getting way out of hand.
clever, but perhaps overly done. the author drops out the use of letters throughout the book, and it just got annoying to read at the end. i suppose that was the point, but at the same time, it just screamed gimmick. i don't like books that are all gimmick and little substance. this wasn't that, but it was kind of headed in that direction.
A lovely fable (of sorts) about human stupidity. It was light and fun and yet had a serious side. On the island of Nallop - named after the man who coined the sentence "The Quick Brown Fox Jumped Over The Lazy Dog" - a statue of the founder begins to drop letters. Those in charge declare that no one is allowed to use those letters anymore once they fall, and thus the chaos begins.
Written as a series of letters between characters, and following the rules as established by the nation's elders, Ella Minnow Pea is a story about those who conform vs. those who chose to question authority.
It's really fun and quite enjoyable. Highly recommended!
I love reading, I love words and I love playing with them. This little novel does just all of that and more. With its outlandish plot and the actions of the Council it takes the reader on a light and laughable ride. Poking fun at a very famous sentence that those who ever took typing classes will recognize the author lets his imagination run riot. I loved it. Try it. Good short read for a light cheery afternoon.
I had such a fun time reading this book! It was so clever the way the author gradually removed letters from his writing. It became hard to read at times. I could not believe the seriousness of the punishment for law breaking that was under the light writing style though. It was definately harrowing to think that a town could go to those extremes and become so fanatic practically overnight. This was a great read.
The writing is a true masterpiece, but I couldn't find myself caring about or forming a connection to the characters. They seem so flat that they can not pop off the page and play their story before me. But the writing and use of language is stunning.
This is a clever little tale about the small island nation of Nollop. When letters start falling off a monument to the man who came up with the sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" the council decides to outlaw the use of the letters. It demonstrates how a government can go too far and how the citizens could let it get so bad. This seemingly simple book is one I will ponder for days. I found many of the things that happened in Nollop have a truth in our world too. I also liked the word play in the book. It could not have been easy for the author to keep writing as more and more letters became taboo.
Ella Minnow Pea is a girl living happily on the fictional island of Nollop off the coast of South Carolina. Nollop was named after Nevin Nollop, author of the immortal pangram,* The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. Now Ella finds herself acting to save her friends, family, and fellow citizens from the encroaching totalitarianism of the islands Council, which has banned the use of certain letters of the alphabet as they fall from a memorial statue of Nevin Nollop. As the letters progressively drop from the statue they also disappear from the novel. The result is both a hilarious and moving story of one girls fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere.