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The Great Dictionary Caper
by Judy Sierra and Eric Comstock


Overview - "Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Bored with sitting in a dictionary 'day in, day out, ' the words make a break for it and organize a parade which...introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible." -- Publishers Weekly ( starred review)

"This is a charming, peppy introduction, enhanced by Comstock's energetic, retro-flair illustrations, which fill the pages with cavorting words and creative details...In approach and format, this is both entertaining and educational--likely to hold and pique kids' interest in the topic and provide a fun learning supplement." -- Booklist (starred review)

When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it's up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Bored with sitting in a dictionary 'day in, day out, ' the words make a break for it and organize a parade which...introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is a charming, peppy introduction, enhanced by Comstock's energetic, retro-flair illustrations, which fill the pages with cavorting words and creative details...In approach and format, this is both entertaining and educational--likely to hold and pique kids' interest in the topic and provide a fun learning supplement." --Booklist (starred review)

When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it's up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language.

Words have secret lives. On a quiet afternoon the words escape the dictionary (much to the consternation of Mr. Noah Webster) and flock to Hollywood for a huge annual event--Lexi-Con. Liberated from the pages, words get together with friends and relations in groups including an onomatopoeia marching band, the palindrome family reunion, and hide-and-seek antonyms. It's all great fun until the words disagree and begin to fall apart. Can Noah Webster step in to restore order before the dictionary is disorganized forever?

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781481480048
  • ISBN-10: 1481480049
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Concepts - Words
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BookPage Reviews

Words gone wild

In this sneak peek inside the lively world of the dictionary, we meet words that are exceedingly bored and long for liberation. They break free from Noah Webster’s dictionary and march throughout the land of Hollyword.

With bustling energy, this orthographic adventure celebrates the basic components of any elementary school language arts curriculum—verbs, conjunctions, interjections, contractions, homophones, antonyms and more—making it a great choice for classrooms. The anthropomorphized letters, composed with energetic lines, relish their freedom as they march, happy to be free from the book’s spine. Author Judy Sierra amps up the madcap fun with a palindrome family reunion and an onomatopoeia marching band. With a palette of teals, greens and oranges, illustrator Eric Comstock keeps the spreads balanced and never too cluttered, an impressive feat in a book with so much going on. A glossary closes out the book for those left wondering at the meaning of “lexicon” and “synonym,” as well as “garboil” and “sackbut,” which make their own delightful appearances in the parade.

In the end, Noah orders all the letters back into their tome, but when he runs into Roget and his thesaurus, we are left wondering if a sequel is in the works. Logophiles will be thrilled.

 

Julie Danielson features authors and illustrators at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, a children’s literature blog.

This article was originally published in the February 2018 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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