Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Children's Picture Book Review: 13 Words by Lemony Snicket

Title: 13 Words
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Publication Date: October 5, 2010
Pages: 40
Source: Library

13 words:

1. Bird
2. Despondent
3. Cake
4. Dog
5. Busy
6. Convertible
7. Goat
8. Hat
9. Haberdashery
10. Scarlet
11. Baby
12. Panache
13. Mezzo-Soprano

My Thoughts:
The bird is 'despondent' so his friend, Dog, sets out to find something to cheer him up after eating cake didn't do the trick.

I think the best word to describe this unique picture book is quirky. 
I'm not exactly sure what goal Lemony Snicket was trying to reach with this book other than maybe to teach a few new words. There are definitely a few words that children won't have come across regularly in other picture books. There are plenty of easy words for beginner readers but there are also some long, hard to pronounce words to spice things up. 

Also, this may be a good book to teach children about sadness and what they can do to help someone who is 'despondent'.

The illustrations weren't really my style but they, like the story itself, were pretty interesting. 

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