Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Lemony Snicket 13 Words
Harper Collins Publishing 2010
13 Words is absolutely delightful. Teaching children about words can be boring if you do not engage the child in the story. Maira Kalman is a master at engaging the reader. She cleverly leads the reader on an eccentric adventure connected by the 13 words she chose. From the despondent bird to the trip in a convertible to panache, the reader is on an exciting ride with words. Kalman is able to engage the reader from the first page with the amusing story for children, but adults will be turning the page too just to find out how in the world one word led to another.
Those who want to write for children would do themselves a favor by studying how Kalman plots the story line and connects the dots relating the 13 words into a fantasy of fun. It takes a good writer to do this and to make it work. This book will be read over and over and enjoyed for years to come. I give the book an A+.
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