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L Is for Lollygag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue
     

L Is for Lollygag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue

by Chronicle Books, Tracy Sunrize Johnson (Designed by)
 

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A is for apple? B is for ball? Humbug! Forget about that hackneyed gobbledygook. In this lexicon oflinguistic delights, word lovers of all ages will discover that A is for alley-oop, B is for brouhaha, and L is for, well, lollygag ! Packed with quirky illustrations, fun trivia, and lists within lists, this is one humdinger of a

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A is for apple? B is for ball? Humbug! Forget about that hackneyed gobbledygook. In this lexicon oflinguistic delights, word lovers of all ages will discover that A is for alley-oop, B is for brouhaha, and L is for, well, lollygag ! Packed with quirky illustrations, fun trivia, and lists within lists, this is one humdinger of a dictionary.

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Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
In this current world of linguistic logorrhea and lack of imagination (i.e. the over usage of words such as "like, um, sweet and cool"), this compendium of delightfully witty expressions is more than welcome. Parents and teachers alike will rejoice as they now have an easy-to-use, amusing resource that will encourage putting the kibosh on lackadaisical language usage. It is possible that simply by putting this book into the hands (or classrooms) of their children/students and encouraging a bit of gumption and verisimilitude, adults could be allowing children to break out of their shells and become harbingers in their schools or groups and even perchance, language aficionados. Because this book is written in such a clever and witty way, it is indubitable that interesting language could again become fashionable and just downright beguiling. Thank goodness. This handbook could easily be used in a home or classroom setting as a conversation starter, a history lesson, and/or as the basis for a challenge or game. Highly recommended. Reviewer: Trina Heidt
School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up- Budding and accomplished wordsmiths will delight in this specialized dictionary showcasing oft-overlooked gems of the English language. This omnibus opens with a plea to readers to help stem the tide of lost vocabulary, promising that "if you ever find yourself hornswoggled by the neighborhood rapscallion , you'll be able to look the diabolical rogue squarely in the eye, announce you'll no longer be a victim of his merciless machinations , and swagger away, leaving him flummoxed ." Each definition is related with humor, sometimes including word origination and listing equally interesting synonyms. Prominent writers with the "gift of gab" are featured throughout, including William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Edward Gorey, and others. Black-and-white engravings juxtaposed with cartoons in Picassoesque profile give an old-fashioned yet offbeat air to this unusual compendium. The stylish design invites browsing while also emphasizing meaning; the word "behemoth " towers above the other text while the letters in "discombobulated " are unaligned. Put this hunky-dory title into the hands of curiosity-lovers and anyone looking to spice up his or her writing.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811860215
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/26/2008
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
10 - 17 Years

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