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Elbert's Bad Word 1 Edition
Contributor(s): Wood, Audrey, Wood, Don (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152013679     ISBN-13: 9780152013677
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 1996
Annotation: This tale is certain to tickle anyone shocked to hear a child utter a bad word--and Elbert's "cure" provides an ingenious solution to the problem. "A delightfully imaginative book."--Kirkus Reviews. An American Bookseller Pick of the Lists. Full-color illustrations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Swearing; Fiction.
Wizards; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Manners & Etiquette
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: BL 99779920
Lexile Measure: 740
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 8.75" W x 0.25" (0.30 lbs)
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 51660
Reading Level: 3.6   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q03489
Reading Level: 2.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
With humor and insight, Audrey Wood tells a tale certain to tickle anyone shocked to hear a child utter a bad word; and Elbert's cure provides an ingenious solution. The vivid, hilarious illustrations rendered by Audrey and Don Wood together offer fans a new dimension to their previous collaborations.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1996 October #1)
Slapstick comedy frees this lesson on "bad" words from didacticism; "A comic but sensible book," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1988 September #2)
As the only child at an elegant party, Elbert hears a strange word. ``The word floated by like a small storm cloud. It was ugly and covered with dark, bristly hairs. With a swift flick of his wrist, Elbert snatched the word from the air and stuffed it into his back pocket.'' Soon the word flies into his mouth ``like a little gnat.'' When Elbert is upset a moment later, out comes the word. ``Everyone at the party was shocked. They couldn't believe their ears.'' Enter a friendly wizard gardener, who shows Elbert how other words, uttered with enthusiasm, are more satisfying than the little monster. The next time he needs to let off some steam, Elbert emits Thunder and Lightning! and Blistering Hoptoads! and the act brings him cheers from fellow party-goers. The slapstick events of the party will engage readers from the start; the image of the word as a little monster frees the story from didacticism while making clear that bad words are not necessary, given a few creative substitutions. A comic but sensible book on the topic. Ages 4-8. (October) Copyright 1988 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1988 October)
Gr 1-4 A bad word, spoken by a small boy at a fashionable garden party, creates havoc, and the child, Elbert, gets his mouth scrubbed out with soap. The bad word, in the shape of a long-tailed furry monster, will not go away until a wizard-gardener cooks up some really delicious, super-long words that everyone at the party applauds. This single-idea cautionary tale has lively, absurdist pictures of tiara-crowned, formally dressed adults recoiling in horror or cavorting with glee when Elbert, the only child at the party, speaks a word. The transformation of a word into a visible, furry creature, makes its point clearly, but the long words offered as replacement (MY STARS! . . .RATS AND BLUE BLAZES! . . .ZOUNDS AND GADZOOKS!) are as alien to a modern child as the adult garden party with its butler and titled guests. The book may offer a way for adults to tackle the thorny problem of bad language, but good-boy Elbert, with his bow tie and soaped mouth, is unlikely to be a child's favorite story character. Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, N.J. Copyright 1988 Cahners Business Information.