The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra

Into the Wild

Read The Great Dictionary Caper Online Free - “Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Bored with sitting in a dictionary ‘day in, day out,’ the words make a break for it and organize a parade which…introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This is a charming, peppy introduction, enhanced by Comstock’s energetic, retro-flair illustrations, which fill the pages with cavorting words and creative details…In approach and format, this is both entertaining and educational—likely to hold and pique kids’ interest in the topic and provide a fun learning supplement.” —Booklist (starred review)

When all of the words escape from the dictionary, it’s up to Noah Webster to restore alphabetical order in this supremely wacky picture book that celebrates language.

Words have secret lives. On a quiet afternoon the words escape the dictionary (much to the consternation of Mr. Noah Webster) and flock to Hollywood for a huge annual event—Lexi-Con. Liberated from the pages, words get together with friends and relations in groups including an onomatopoeia marching band, the palindrome family reunion, and hide-and-seek antonyms. It’s all great fun until the words disagree and begin to fall apart. Can Noah Webster step in to restore order before the dictionary is disorganized forever?

Title : The Great Dictionary Caper
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ISBN : 1481480049
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 pages


Kim rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 23, 2018

This was cute . . . but I simply must dock an otherwise-earned star from a lexicological book that includes a misspelled word ("Ryhming")!

Holly rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 01, 2018

The author misspelled the word rhyming (Ryhming) in the final copy. As in, I don't have an Advanced Reader Copy and this is about to go on my library's shelves. This looks especially bad when you consider this book is about words/grammar/spelling. The book looks like a picture book for the very y...

Alex rated it ★★★★☆

January 19, 2018

When I first opened The Great Dictionary Caper, I have to admit to more than a little bit of skepticism as I read the first page: "Words can get bored. They sit in the dictionary, day in, day out. It's time for a break." Then I looked down at the illustrations and I began to really chuckle. Sure...

Jillian rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 15, 2018

I liked the idea of this book more than the execution, alas. It wouldn't do at all well as a storytime read, or really as a read-aloud at all. A good deal of the "story" is told through illustrations ("Story" in quotes because there's no real plot to speak of...) and so it really needs to be a on...

Gwen rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 01, 2018

Great mentor text to review the types of words such as action verbs, nouns, homophones, onomatopoeia, etc. The story starts with Noah Webster letting the words out of his dictionary to go on a parade. Not such a great story to read before bedtime but a wonderful one if you're teaching an English...

Jana rated it ★★★☆☆

February 09, 2018

This clever picture book takes young readers on a holiday with a group of words that got bored just hanging around in the dictionary. As the words all make their getaway, readers are introduced to concepts such as onomatopoeia, action verbs, contractions, and other special types of words. The cut...

Jj rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 02, 2018

Cute illustrations, but they were so very BUSY that they often become visually overwhelming and distract and detract from the text. In this case, that is a big concern, because the whole point of the book is WORDS. Also, the incorrectly spelled word "ryhming" is just not something one can overlook...

Donna rated it ★★★★☆

February 18, 2018

Cute Cute book - would make a great introduction to a vocabulary unit or lesson. Would make a fun resource to have in the classroom - or library- for when students forget the definition of a part of speech

Angela rated it ★★★☆☆

February 04, 2018

Gather round, the words have escaped from the dictionary and are parading as a marching band, having a family reunion, playing games and letting loose. Time for Noah Webster to restore order. How will he manage that?

Kristina Jean rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 05, 2018

Such a a great premise, but disappointing in execution. I can see this being used in a classroom specifically for examples of various parts of speech and as an introduction to various literary concepts, but overall it is much too busy and scattered to be a cohesive story.

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