Ella Minnow Pea | Little Lit Book Series

@sunlitpages shares a middle grade novel with an intriguing premise for this month’s theme of words and wordplay:

Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to communicate if you weren't allowed to use some of the letters of the alphabet? But on the small island of Nollop, that's exactly what happens.

In this epistolary middle grade novel, Ella Minnow Pea finds herself in an increasingly difficult predicament. The island of Nollop was founded upon the pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," which contains all 26 letters of the alphabet. This phrase has been memorialized on a statue in the city square. However, it's been there a long time, and consequently, the letters are beginning to fall off. As each one falls, rather than replace it, the city council forbids its use from that point on.

Since the novel is written as a series of epistles, this means those alphabet letters not only disappear on the island, but from the book as well, and Ella must get increasingly creative in order to communicate.

I found this to be a delightfully different story that made me consider the value of each letter of the alphabet and also helped me feel more grateful that I have all 26 letters at my disposal.

Ella Minnow Pea was written by Mark Dunn and published by Anchor.