The letters in Alphabet City are content except for X. He's eXcited and eXasperated with the alphabet. Tired of being third to last and made an example of with the same old words all the time, such as Xray and Xylophone, X calls for a new alphabet. The night before the vote, he wonders "what it's like to have the rules and responsibilities of other letters." A portent dream enlightens X (and the reader) to the functions and obligations of other letters. This farcically contrived story will most definitely enhance a beginning student's realization of the proper and sometime agonizing behavior of the letters of the American English alphabet. Brilliantly colorful, kooky and informative, the illustrations make this a visual delight. Readers will rollick trying to unriddle the colors and caricatures of each letter.