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The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

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For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most ...more
Hardcover, 42 pages
Published September 15th 2014 by Eerdman's

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Donalyn
Stunning, remarkable, extraordinary, staggering, incredible, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, marvelous, phenomenal, splendid.

This book captures the work of geniuses: Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet, and Peter Roget. From cover to cover, Melissa Sweet's illustrations are a feast for the eyes. I felt like I was rummaging in a curiosity cabinet--there's so much to see. Jen Bryant creates an accessible and engaging figure out of Peter Roget, who was a brilliant scientist and word collector. I will look
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Edward Sullivan
Sep 28, 2014 Edward Sullivan rated it it was amazing
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Monica Edinger
Sep 08, 2014 Monica Edinger rated it it was amazing
From my blog.

I love words and I love art that plays with words. ABC books, abecedarian novels, lipograms,everything and anything that plays with the art of words is art right up my alley. And so having adoredJen Bryant and Melissa Sweet's glorious Caldecott Honor A River of Words,I was agog with anticipation waiting for their latest, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus . And now that I've seen it, let me tell you -- it was worth the wait. Bryant again captures the essence of a complicated in
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I wonder if Roget was OCD? He was really obsessed with putting things in order using lists, and this included synonyms, which he later turned into his famous thesaurus. I can relate to this guy, as I'm a listy person myself. After reading this Sibert Medal-winning book, I was left wanting to know a lot more about his life.

Though this book also is a Caldecott honor book, I can't say that these are my favorite illustrations by Melissa Sweeet, though they fit the text. At times, they almost overwh
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Joan
I read it very quickly when it came through Catalog at the library for processing. It seems like a really delightful book, that will arouse a kid's interest in words, or make a kid into a confirmed word lover. Sweet's illustrations are pretty wonderful as usual. She uses words from the thesaurus to illustrate the pages in addition to more traditional pictures. I should read this again, and savor the book more. But in the meantime, I'm really enthusiastic. It is amazing how much information ...more
Luann
Word lists, timelines, collages, information galore, and fact-filled illustrations. This book is for anyone who loves words or making lists, or learning about inspiring people. I had no idea what an interesting person Roget was. I want to know more about him after reading this book.

I loved both the author and illustrator notes at the end. After reading them, I went back and read the book again. This is one that shouldn't be read too quickly.
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet do it again. What a dynamic duo they are when it comes to creating picture book biographies. I love this book and all the attention to detail found in the illustrations. Now I want to see an original copy of Roget's Thesaurus.
Rachel
Dec 29, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This biographical picture book has it all. It has gorgeously detailed illustrations, an inspiring story, a historical timeline and even a reference section. Wonderfully done; a beautiful celebration of words and the man who valued them enough to make them available for everyone.
Linda
Feb 24, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
We've all used a Roget's Thesaurus, and this book tells the story behind Mr. Roget. Beautifully illustrated, it still conveys the power of words. Take a look, you won't be disappointed. Or unhappy. Or disenchanted.
paula
OH MY GOD. If there were any book DESIGNED to delight the wordhounds, the crossword puzzlers, the librarians, Joseph Cornell fans and Adrian Belew AT THE SAME TIME, THIS IS IT.
Sharyl Renner
Dec 20, 2014 Sharyl Renner rated it really liked it
I have a sudden urge to make some lists.
Jim Erekson
Dec 01, 2014 Jim Erekson rated it really liked it
Bryant and Sweet have something going on here! This is the third biography in their collaboration, and I look forward to the next one. I started out worried that the style was too much the same as A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, but it's really a broad style and palette that seems to be consistent across this series.

For this book, Melissa SweetSweet made a powerful effort to illustrate concepts again and this puts her squarely in the complementary rather than correspondi
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Barbara
Although I often found the version of Roget's Thesaurus that I used in middle grades to be cumbersome, once I figured out how to navigate it, I found it intriguing. Finding the right word to express precisely how we feel or what we want to say is something with which every writer has struggled. Starting and ending with the intricately designed endpapers, this picture book sheds light on that most intriguing of individuals, Peter Mark Roget, who created and published a thesaurus in 1852 that has ...more
Rebecca Honeycutt
WOOOOOOOOOOW. Let's just slap a Caldecott on this and call it day, shall we?

Melissa Sweet's busy, textured, and riotously colorful mixed-media illustration style has always been distinct and accomplished, but she's really doing some next-level work here. Her illustrations transform this perfectly respectable biography of Roget into an attention-grabbing, appropriately detailed, and absolutely immersive experience.

In terms of Jen Bryant's text, this book will work for older picture book readers
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Rebecca
So good! A simple, easy-to-access biography of Peter Roget, with a perfect kaleidoscope of curio-cabinet, collage illustrations by Melissa Sweet. She did a remarkable job of making an abstract idea -- an introverted child who loved making lists and categories -- into a vibrant, visually arresting story.

Includes a list of principal events (a timeline of Roget's life interspersed with world events), an author's note, an illustrator's note (how refreshing!), selected bibliography, for further read
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Ashley
Oct 20, 2015 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I won't repeat everything all the other reviewers have said. What I will add is that this book does a beautiful job of quietly assuring children that it's perfectly okay if they're a little different or even obsessive. The authors go out of their way to celebrate Roget for his attentiveness, contributions to society, and quirky traits that less sensitive authors might write off as neuroses. Children who are scared that they are weird or might never be loved can look to Roget and take comfort. ...more
Mary Ann
Oct 05, 2014 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
filled with joy, wonder, and inspiration -- this beautiful book about words is nearly leaving me at a loss of words. I just can't wait to share it with students and see what they think of it. I love the way that Bryant and Sweet work together to introduce the idea, not only of synonyms but also of classification to young people. Sweet's artwork keeps the story light and friendly, but allows readers to return, digging deeper each time.
Beth
Sometimes a book finds you at just the right time. My students are currently working on a writing assignment called "Words are Powerful" so today we read about how the right word can make all the difference.
Alison
Aug 20, 2016 Alison rated it it was amazing
I loved this - the text and illustrations are perfect.
Agne
I am glad I learned about Peter Mark Roget. In case you don't know, he is a man who created our beloved Thesaurus, a book of synonyms and antonyms that has stayed in print continuously since its first publication in 1852. Such an accomplished personality, and I knew absolutely NOTHING about him!

Melissa Sweet's mixed-media illustrations in The Right Word are creative and extremely effective in conveying Roget's word-collecting and list-making mind:





However, although I LOVED Sweet's artwork in Lit
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Alyson Long
Sep 04, 2015 Alyson Long rated it it was amazing
-Plot summary and personal response: This brilliant story is about a young boy named Peter Roget, who we actually get to follow until he is much older. The story is all about Peter’s love of list-making that follows him throughout life. It starts out in Switzerland where he first begins his list-making to help him remember his school lessons, takes us to his life in England, Scotland, and Switzerland. Though his mother never quite understood Peter’s love for list-making, he never let that get in ...more
Cathy Traccarella
Nov 04, 2016 Cathy Traccarella rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
“The Right Word, Roget and his Thesaurus” is more than an interesting, impressive, intriguing, stimulating biography of Peter Roget. This book tells the story of a child who perseveres through a difficult childhood, finds his passion in lists, and makes learning and discovery a focus in his life. The author, Jen Bryant, leads the reader through the process Roget went through to develop his lists and share his learning with the world. She gives us the facts about his life but has written them ...more
Alex Baugh
Dec 05, 2014 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: randomly-reading
A dictionary is good for giving us the definition of a word, but what if we need to find just the right word for what we want to say? For that, we turn to a book of antonyms and synonyms called the thesaurus and we owe a rousing thanks to Peter Mark Roget.

Born in London in 1779, Peter's father died in 1783 when Peter was only 4 years old. The family moved often and Peter found it hard to make friends because of that, and it wasn't helped by his shyness. But he found comfort in books, and later,
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Jill
Jan 24, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
This is the story of Peter Mark Roget, inventor of the thesaurus, and it is a beauty in every sense of the word.

From the time Peter was little, he spent most of his time with books. His family moved often and he was shy, but he managed to entertain himself by his self-instruction.

When he was eight, he started his own book, and in it he began to keep lists of words.

Eventually he became a medical doctor, but never stopped working on his book of word lists that he hoped one day to publish:

"Long ag
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Cathy Ballou Mealey
Oct 03, 2014 Cathy Ballou Mealey rated it it was amazing
List: index, inventory, agenda, series, menu, outline, docket. If you like to make lists, be sure to put this wonderful book about Peter Mark Roget on the top of your next one. A marvelous new nonfiction collaboration from the terrific team of Bryant and Sweet, here is the story of a man whose book resides in countless homes, schools, and libraries. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus will boost your appreciation for this indispensable reading and writing reference tool as well as for the ...more
Brittney Lara
Nov 23, 2015 Brittney Lara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Before you even read this book, take the time to look at the remarkable illustrations! I don't even think I can come up with words to describe just how elaborate the images in the book are. You can easily get lost in reading all the tiny words on the page blended in with the images that you almost forget to read the book. Then you read the book, how remarkable and refreshing it is to read a story based on such a brilliant man like Roget. I thought it was impeccable the way they described how he ...more
Panda Incognito
Nov 19, 2014 Panda Incognito rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Logophiles of all ages
Picture book biographies are great, because you get a glimpse into a person's life without a full commitment to a lengthy book, and get to gaze at beautiful, evocative illustrations. This is my new favorite. I was already impressed with Melissa Sweet's biography illustrations, and she surpassed herself here. The collage-style artwork is beautiful, absorbing, and well-suited to the story, which is quite fascinating on its own terms.

I never knew anything about Roget. I did not know what country he
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Fanny
The book narrates Peter Roget's story, a shy child who loses his father at a young age, which forces his family to move often, making hard to make friends, leaving the books as the only friends he can bring with him not worrying about having to leave them behind. At age of 8, he started to write his own book, which consisted of list of words that have the same meaning (what we know now as synonym). Although his mother thought his behavior was bizarre, his system of listing and organizing words ...more
Eliza
Nov 02, 2016 Eliza rated it it was amazing
1. Twin Text: “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects” by Paul Janeczko, Copyright 2015

2. “The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus” and “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects” both have a focus on word choice and would work well together to introduce either a unit on word choice or a unit on poetry (or both). “The Right Word” tells the story of Roget and how he came to create the thesaurus. He has the passion for finding the perfect word which is wh
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Annette
THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS authored by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is a picture book biography for children focusing on the life of Peter Roget and his magnificent thesaurus. Known for their award-winning work A SPLASH OF RED, this author-illustrator team once again delivers an inspiring masterpiece.

This beautifully written biography celebrates the power of language. Through brilliantly selected words, this author/poet is able to bring the life of Roget alive for yo
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Jen Bryant writes picture books, novels and poems for readers of all ages. Her biographical picture book: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams, illustrated by Melissa Sweet,received a Caldecott Honor award and her historical novel in verse RINGSIDE 1925: Views from the Scopes Trial is an Oprah Recommended Book for ages 12 & up. Other titles include Pieces of Georgia (IRA ...more
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