I am pretty much in love with this book. It’s about WORDS, people. You know how I love words. And it’s written for kids (I found it in the children’s section of my library) so that THEY will love words. Oh my goodness. I am going to have to buy a copy for my hypothetical children.
Ahem. Sorry. Let me breathe a bit.
Okay. So. This is a great little tour of the English language, starting with the history of the alphabet, and then of spelling, and then of cool things you can do with words, and then at the end it even talks about text messaging and the language that goes with that. There are also coded messages at the end of each chapter to solve (with hints in the back if you get really stuck). I especially loved the “Say that again!” chapter, which covers puns and onomatopoeia and portmanteaux.
It’s not a comprehensive history, by any means, and there are some things that are a little bit wrong (acronyms vs. initialisms, for one), but it’s for kids and it’s a very good starting point for learning about the crazy English language and it is amusing. It makes me want to go track down and read some Richard Lederer books again!
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