A Call for a New Alphabet by Jef Czekaj

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X is exasperated. Every other letter in the alphabet has so much to do and plays such important roles in making words. X expects more. He calls for a vote on a new alphabet (gasp!). According to the Alphabet Constitution, X has every right to question the status quo. But the night before the vote, X is plagued by dreams of what could happen if he were to take on another letter’s job. S has to run around a lot making singular words plural, except sometimes he isn’t needed at all, and sometimes he needs to bring along another letter . . . it was all very confusing. Then X thought he’d like to be E. E was very important and very useful. E agreed. But E was exhausted. He was in thousands of words and constantly busy. X didn’t think E’s job was a good idea after all.

About Jef Czekaj

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Jef Czekaj is a cartoonist, children's book author and illustrator, and underground DJ. His comic Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters ran in Nickelodeon magazine for more than ten years. Jef's other picture books include Cat Secrets; Hip & Hop, Don't Stop!; and The Circulatory Story. He lives in Somerville, MA. You can visit him online at ww.czekaj.com.
Published February 1, 2011 by Charlesbridge. 48 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Weary of being stuck near the end of the ABCs and saddled with the same old “xylophone” and “x-ray” all the time, the letter X campaigns for a new alphabetical order and a different job in this wry variation on Althea Kontis’ Alpha-Oops!, illustrated by Bob Kolar (2003), and Steve Metzger’s The M...

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