Murfles and Wink-a-Peeps: Funny Old Words for Kids

Murfles and Wink-a-Peeps: Funny Old Words for Kids

by Susan Kelz Sperling, Tom Bloom

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up Anyone who is not carked (``annoyed, alarmed'') by fadoodle (``nonsense, silliness'') is bound to snirtle (``to snicker or laugh at'') at this entertaining book about words. Sper ling offers a series of 63 definitions, all of which have been out of usage for at least 100 years, in ``round'' form: (``Bellytimber is food. Healthful bellytimber keeps you strong but lubber-wort does not. Lubber-wort is. . .''). There are also poems (``I Saw Two Malshaves Lip-clapping'') and a list of ``Names to Call People''an innocuous but sure-to-be highly popular section. There is no bibliography, but the book is based on the author's Poplollies and Bellibones (Penguin, 1979), which does include one. The pen-and-ink drawings, enlivened with shades of blue (the color used to highlight the obsolete words), are funny, charming and whimsicala perfect match for the text. Teachers will love this book, with its brief but informative introduction, as a painless way to introduce concepts of etymology and explore the evolution of language. In the ``words are fun'' tradition of Dr. Seuss, adults and children should enjoy this lively book. Nancy J. Horner, Cowley County School District, Arkansas City, Kans.

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Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
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1st ed
Age Range:
7 - 12 Years

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