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The Great Dictionary Caper
Contributor(s): Sierra, Judy, Comstock, Eric (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1481480049     ISBN-13: 9781481480048
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: January 2018
Annotation: When the words in the dictionary get bored and leave to attend a convention in Hollyword, it is up to Noah Webster to restore (alphabetical) order.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Vocabulary; Fiction.
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words.; bisacsh
JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories.; bisacsh
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Concepts | Words
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017014379
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 8.75" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 193449
Reading Level: 2.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #4)

Bored with sitting in a dictionary "day in, day out," the words make a break for it and organize a parade—which lets Sierra (Wild About You!) and Comstock (the Charlie Piechart series) introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible. Onomatopoeic terms form a marching band (the c and g in "clang" turn into arms that crash cymbals together). The action verbs are appropriately kinetic—"somersault" turns itself into one—but the "no-action contractions," in phrases like "He couldn't" and "She won't," need some nudging. Homophones march "two by two and three by three," depending on the sound. It's all lexicographical fun and games, but eventually Noah Webster himself herds the words back between the dictionary covers. Working in a limited palette of orange, olive, and pale blue, Comstock brings the words to vivid anthropomorphic life while visually underscoring each concept (the letters in "please" gaze at readers through eager, beseeching eyes—eyes that close tight after the letters rearrange themselves into their anagram, "asleep"). It's the very definition of wordplay. Ages 4–8. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Jan.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 December)

PreS-Gr 1—With a "Ready Set Go," all the words in Webster's Dictionary jump out to take a break and join in a parade. Led by the grand marshal "I," each spread introduces readers to a new group of personified words. Even though the nature of homophones, palindromes, antonyms, and the rest is made fairly clear through the use of examples, younger children may need some guidance; terms are only explained in a glossary, and some uncommon words may cause consternation when seeing and sounding them out for the first time (onomatopoeia is one of the hardest). Space and a limited palette of orange, blue, green, black, and white differentiate paired words from others. Scribbles decorate, and often "define" these words. The most common decoration to be found are the faces usually drawn on every letter. It can be a bit distracting, however, and while the text is readable, the nonsensical narrative is completely forgettable. VERDICT An amusing introduction to the intricacies and oddities of the English language; with some guidance, young elementary students might actually learn a thing a two.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont.

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