The Boy Who Loved Words
Illustrated by Giselle Potter.
Schwartz & Wade Books/Random House. Grades 2-5
- Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner
Words. Selig loves everything about them--the way they taste on his tongue (tantalizing!), the sound they whisper in his ears (tintinnabulating!), and--most of all--the way they stir his heart (MAMA!). He collects them voraciously , the way others collect stamps or seashells.
But what to do with so many luscious words? Surrounded by doubters, Selig journeys forth and discovers that there is always someone--a poet, a baker, maybe even YOU--searching for the perfect word . . . a word that he can provide.
This enchanting tall tale -- chockablock with whimsical illustrations--celebrates language, the gift and gusto of words and one boy's larger-than-life passion to share them. A book that will invite young readers to discover and collect their own favorite words and use them!
"Quotables . . ."
“Schotter blends magical realism with a tongue-tingling narrative to create an ode to the power and purpose of language. An inspiring choice for wordsmiths and anyone who cherishes the variety and vitality of language.” - *Starred Review, School Library Journal
"A charmingly prolix tall tale. An 'exultant encounter, chockablock with tintinnabulating gusto. A gift to precocious children and teachers as well. (See tantalizing glossary appended.)" - *Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
"How do you spell enthusiasm? Selig, a boy driven by his desire to collect words, surely knows the answer in this quirkily inspirational picture book." - Publishers Weekly
"A lovely celebration of the power and the music of language."
- Michael Cart, Booklist
"The glossary . . . is a star character. Unusual words like aflutter, jibber-jabber, rhapsody . . . are defined on the endpapers. The story offers a good message about children who appear different but have much to offer..." - Karen Leggett, Children's Literature