Absurd Words by Tara Lazar


Absurd Words by Tara Lazar. Sourcebooks, 2022. 9781492697428

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Format: Paperback

What did you like about the book? A fun and kinetic title that will have readers using vocabulary that will astound listeners!  This title is packed with words, roots, and interesting origin stories that will keep logophiles entertained for hours. Each section begins with a list of words based on a theme and includes their influence on culture as well as grammatical examples. A must have for library classrooms. Using quirky illustrations and unusual facts the author has created an entertaining title that begs to be shared.  Back matter, including an index and creative ideas on the use of words as well as an informative introduction, are a bonus to this work and not to be missed.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 and up, who enjoy etymology and discovering new words would like this title.  

Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper  elementary schools or public libraries that cannot get enough fun books on working with vocabulary.

Where would you shelve it? Reference or nonfiction: 428.1

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside at the top of the “to read” pile.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts

Date of review: October 20, 2021

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