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13 WORDS

by: Snicket, Lemony
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description From bestselling author Lemony Snicket and celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman comes an uproarious, whimsical word book like no other. Together, Snicket and Kalman present a strikingly beautiful journey woven from a practical introduction to thirteen wonderful words, featuring such marvels as Bird, Dog, Panache, and Haberdashery. Snicket, the notoriously clever and elusive New York Times bestselling author, pushes the boundaries of storytelling in the most fanciful of ways. Maira Kalman, renowned for her art and design, carries this madcap adventure to wondrous heights with her vision of a world populated with hats, song, and cake. This rollicking, surprising book is a true celebration of words. Amazon.com Review A Look Inside 13 Words(Click on Images to Enlarge) From Publishers Weekly Based on an unlucky number of key words and authored by someone who takes pleasure in unfortunate events, this volume conjures a sense of foreboding. "Word Number 1: Bird" introduces the central character, and the accompanying illustration pictures a royal-blue bird perched on a linen tablecloth, in a yellow-and-pink dining room that might have been painted by Matisse. The bird's eye droops sadly, whereupon readers turn to "Word Number 2: Despondent" and "Word Number 3: Cake," an item that might alleviate a bird's ennui, at least temporarily. Despite ominous beginnings, the proceedings turn upbeat with the arrival of a chic "Word Number 4: Dog," who concocts witty diversions for the gloomy bird. Kalman's eccentric gouaches elevate the wintry mood; the dog, with his sly grin, resembles Kalman's Max, particularly when he tries on hats at "Word Number 9: Haberdashery." Sprinkled with additional vocab words like "spiffy" and featuring surreal landscapes in ice-cream hues, this word-association game recalls Kalman's solo productions. The conclusion, however, belongs to Snicket, because "the bird, to tell you the truth, is still a little despondent." All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved. From School Library Journal K-Gr 2–The 13 words that are the basis for this sophisticated picture book are “bird,” “despondent,” “cake,” “dog,” “busy,” “convertible,” “goat,” “hat,” “haberdashery,” “scarlet,” “baby,” “panache,” and “mezzo-soprano.” Each word is listed at the top of the page spread where it is featured, and the story continues on. The despondent bird lives with the dog and the mezzo-soprano. The dog, in an effort to cheer up his friend, goes for a ride with the goat to the haberdashery to pick up a hat for the bird. Upon returning home with the gift, the dog tells the mezzo-soprano about their day, and she commences to sing out the plot of the book. While not standard picture-book fare, there are moments of silliness (the owner of the haberdashery is a baby) and joy (all kinds of cake). The artwork is trademark Kalman: playful, colorful, and filled with surprises. Best for one-on-one reading, 13 Words could also be used as a model for primary-grade children to write their own stories featuring a list of seemingly unrelated words.–Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. From Booklist Snicket is an ideal author for a high-concept picture book: no matter how confusing it gets, there’s always some appealingly snide charm to fall back on. This story is constructed upon 13 (randomly chosen?) words that move from bird to mezzo-soprano, and as one might imagine, the journey is a convoluted one. The bird starts out despondent (visual context is everything here, with the bird standing on a can of mushy peas, a rain cloud overhead, and a book by Kafka nearby—OK, that one’s for the parents). His dog friend tries to cheer him by buying him a hat from the haberdashery. There’s a few headscratchers (the dog has the bird paint 11 ladders in 10 colors), and Snicket is too coy a

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Product Code: 9780061664656
ISBN: 0061664650
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2010-10-05
Number of Pages: 40 pages
Languages: english
Edition: Illustrated
Dimension: 8.82 x 0.39 x 10.91 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds