“One of the most important jobs of a book is to show us the wonder of words. But what happens when a legend in the art world teams up with a literary giant to create a completely unique, totally original word book? The result is the smart, funny and visually remarkable 13 Words by internationally bestselling author Lemony Snicket and acclaimed artist Maira Kalman. Like many word books, 13 Words will introduce young readers to words like bird, cake, and dog. Unlike other word books, Lemony Snicket and Maira Kalman add their unique brand of whimsy and humor, so young readers will also discover words like haberdashery, panache, and Mezzo-Soprano! Mr. Snicket weaves thirteen distinctive words into a strange and wonderful story, and the way in which this story blossoms into an entire quirky world in the hands of Ms. Kalman makes for quite a wild and memorable ride. Critically acclaimed, Booklist’s enthusiastic review states that 13 Words”encourages participation on the part of both the readers and listeners to connect languages with images” and Publisher’s Weekly gave 13 Words a starred review, commenting that Maira’s illustrations are “gorgeous” and the her “Matisse-like, gelato-colored spreads drip in mystery.”
I love Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events and was excited to discover that he had written a children’s picture book. I love Lemony Snicket’s wit and dry humor. 13 Words is definitely one of the most interesting and unique children’s book I have ever read.
What I like is that he introduces and discusses 13 very different words in this book. I was worried that it would just be very random and it really connects together as a story. Two of my favorite words that are discussed in this book are despondent and haberdashery. I had no clue what a haberdashery was until I read this book.
The book also has some really great pictures down my Maira Kalman. They are very colorful and unique. I had fun looking at all of the pictures. I wish I had artistic talent like her.
This ‘quirky’ book will definitely be one of my new favorites in my bookshelf.
Make sure to check out the fun book trailer. I was laughing really hard!
13 Words gets bragging rights!
Harper Kids is offering a 13 Words giveaway that is — in a word — priceless. In addition to offering a copy of 13 Words, the giveaway also includes a limited edition (only 15 made), original Maira Kalman piece of artwork. This signed, 5 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ piece is gauche on paper — similarly sized Kalman pieces start at $750. And, like a cherry on top of a very yummy sundae, the giveaway also includes 13 buttons featuring the 13 words and accompanying illustrations from the book — a fun set to decorate a diaper bag or backpack!
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**I received a copy of 13 Words by Lemony Snicket for this review.