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Nov 11, 2012 Nancy rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I love this book! Wally the Wordworm was tired of old words "that kept repeating themselves. They were good enough for a stupid worm, for a slow worm, for a worm who didn't care about real nourishment. But not good enough for Wally." So he "slithered and slathered And wiggled and waggled his way into" a dictionary and discovered - with glee! - all sorts of "New Words, BIG words...Words that s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d with sound and meaning...Words with strange faces that just look interesting". Words lik ...more
A book worm who tires of the usual words for children--"the cat who is sitting on the mat" explores the dictionary--and other sources for "delicious" words, fun words, exciting words, long and short words. The illustrations help with words that might not be obvious--all in all it's a delightful read!
I read this book when I was a very, very small girl. It changed my life forever, and I'm not kidding. This book and its author, Clifton Fadiman, are in large measure responsible for the major joys of my life as a writer and translator.
Clifton P. "Kip" Fadiman was an American intellectual, author, editor, radio and television personality.More about Clifton Fadiman...