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Children's LiteratureThe glossary in this book is the star character, rather than a page tucked into the back. Unusual words like aflutter, jibber-jabber, rhapsody, voracious, and tintinnabulating are defined on the endpapers. They show up in the story of Selig, a boy who collects words, making him feel like a lonely oddball until he finds a purpose for his collections of words: he passes them out, leaving words on tree branches so a poet could write about the moon melting like a "lemon lozenge in the licorice sky." There are words to help sell a baker's scrumptious bread and ultimately words that set Selig's heart aflutter over a singer named Melody. There is an old-fashioned sweetness to the flat, softly colored illustrations. The story offers a good message about children who appear different but have much to offer. Collecting words with interesting sounds and meanings is an appealing idea. 2006, Random House, Ages 4 to 7.