Book of the Week: 13 Words

Book of the Week, Children's

13 Words by Lemony Snicket

Published: Harper Collins 2010

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I loved the thirteen words used – they varied from simple words like cake to more difficult words like haberdashery.            

At the core of the book, it’s a story about friendship and the things a friend does to bring a smile to their friend’s face.   

 The illustrations aren’t only bold, bright, and draw readers into the story – but they are just as funny as the overall story. For example, at one point the dog in the story is illustrated wearing various hats – a fedora, a fez, a detectives cap, and even a beret. Or still, how the bird is wearing a bib labeled “bird” and the dog is wearing a bib labeled “delish”.                                                               

The bird featured in the book is despondent, which I find to be hysterically funny. As funny as I find it though, I like that it was illustrating how even animals can share the same feelings that we sometimes feel.                            

 In the book there’s a goat who not only drives a convertible but wears a sweater vest and a “spiffy” jacket. He’s a pretty snappy dresser if I say so myself.                                                                                                                                                         

The dog in the story is thoughtful, caring, sensitive to his friends feelings, and is very giving.                        

 I love how it’s thought that all your problems and sadness will go away once you’ve eaten a piece of cake. Therefor, everyone should eat cake!                                                         

 It’s the kind of book you will find yourself laughing out loud at.                                         

 All the pages have a lot going on, but it’s not distracting nor does all the excess illustrations detract from the overall story.