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Apr 01 2019

David Astle's 101 Weird Words (and 3 fakes) by David Astle

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Allen and Unwin, 2018. ISBN: 9781760633660.
(Age: 8-12) Recommended. David Astle's bio at the back of the book states that he 'loves words. Eats them. Dreams them.' This non-fiction book is a fun journey into the world of words.
There were words that I knew and many more than the prescribed 3 that I wondered if they were fake.
Words such as farnarkle, lackadaisical and skulduggery will challenge many students.
At least one page is dedicated to each word, with an added pronunciation guide and a detailed description. There is often a little riddle or joke thrown in at the end too.
Fun illustrations are scattered throughout the book to add to the appeal of the book.
Many children would love to pour through this book and enjoy the words but I think it would be a fun classroom activity to have a word a week and see if the students can work out the word's meaning and predict if it is one of the 3 hidden fakes.
David Astle kindly gives you the code to work out the 3 fakes at the end of the book.
I recommend this book to 8 to 12 year olds.
Jane Moore

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