A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's much to be learned in this story of a boy who travels through the country like Johnny Appleseed, collecting words and distributing them to those who need them. A lively introduction to the joy of words.
Is It Any Good?
For kids who love words, and for parents and teachers who want to get them interested in words, this is a treat. Both text and pictures are filled with wonderful words, some long, some short, but all fun to find and use. The words in the text are included in a glossary, but many of the words in the pictures are not, so their meanings will need to be tracked down.
There are a few false steps. For example, the genie has a Brooklyn Yiddish accent for no discernible reason other than confusing the reader. The modernist illustrations at first seem rather stilted, but they stay in the mind and, as they are filled with words, they encourage and reward close inspection. This is a delightful book to spark or encourage a love of words, and to inspire family and class activities.
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