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Sep 08 2015

The silly book of weird and wacky words by Andy Seed

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Ill. by Scott Garrett. Bloomsbury, 2015. ISBN 9781408853382
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. This is an amusing book that investigates words, gibberish, jokes, riddles and more. Children are fascinated by jokes and puns and The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words has many examples.
The book starts with 'Juicy Jokes and Riddles' with wordplays such as 'I didn't use to finish a sentence, but now I . . . '
'Bumper stickers' include 'Follow that car, Godzilla - and step on it!' and 'Gravity gets me down'.
There are tongue twisters, spoonerisms, slang and wacky word games, everything that you need to have fun with words.
The cover is bright and appealing and Scott Garrett's illustrations complement the text. He uses a variety of fonts, drawings, decorative backgrounds and borders to make the text look even more appealing.
Andy Seed has written a collection of facts and jokes in The Silly Book of Side-Splitting Stuff which won the 2015 Blue Peter Book Award in England.
I recommend this book for primary school libraries and it will appeal to 8 to 12 year olds and adults who are young at heart!
Jane Moore

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