Friday 56 & Book Beginnings: Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn Paperback | Kindle Edition

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

She tried. She failed. 
In fact, the best she could muster was a short anecdote about an imaginary animal park in which the occupants revolted by exchanging their stripes and spots. It ran precisely 289 letters. She used the word yak three times.
Synopsis: 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 island’s 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 girl’s fight for freedom of expression, as well as a linguistic tour de force sure to delight word lovers everywhere. 
 *pangram: a sentence or phrase that includes all the letters of the alphabet
This is one of many favourite books and if you haven't read it yet, well, you're missing out on a really creative story! Say the title really fast, four or five times. Do you get it? Say it again. Oh come on!

(I haven't done a review of this, how weird!)

The Christmas countdown is ON. I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season!

Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn Paperback | Kindle Edition


  1. Dare we challenge you to write your review in the same format as the book? Gradually losing letter choices as your review unfolds. It would mak you bond with the author and story, adding an lmnt of authnticity to th rviw. Enjoy it could b fun.

  2. Sounds eccentric and fun!
    I love when you say the title and it sounds like LMNOP. :-)
    I linked you in.

  3. Aloi!
    I want to check out this book now :) It's so cute and sounds great.
    thanks for sharing!


  4. Now that sounds like a fun read. I will be looking for a copy.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. This sounds really interesting! I really like the first two sentences of the F56, they're so short but clear. No fuss but just the truth! Hop on over to my Friday Post if you have the time! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  6. Totally captivating and creative! Thanks for sharing....and what fun to say that name fast! lol



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