The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus by Melissa Sweet
  

The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus

Written by Melissa Sweet
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Synopsis

The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus by Melissa Sweet

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companionsNand it wasn't long before Roget began writing his own book. But he didn't write stories; he wrote lists. Roget took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express what he thought. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words. Full color.

Reviews

-- Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review) Sweet envisions Roget's work as a shadow box crammed with the wonders of the natural world, adorned with exuberant hand-lettered typography. Together with Bryant's sympathetic account, Sweet's gentle riot of images and words humanizes the man behind this ubiquitous reference work and demystifies the thesaurus itself. -- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review)Bryant's prose is bright and well-tuned for young readers. . . . Sweet tops herself -- again! -- visually reflecting Roget's wide range as a thinker and product of the Enlightenment. Injecting her watercolor palette with shots of teal, scarlet and fuchsia, Sweet embeds vintage bits (ledger paper, type drawers, botanical illustrations and more), creating a teeming, contemplative, playfully celebratory opus. In a word: marvelous! -- Booklist (STARRED review) In brilliant pages teeming with enthusiasm for language and learning, Bryant and Sweet joyfully celebrate curiosity, the love of knowledge, and the power of words. -- School Library Journal (STARRED review) Those who have relied upon a thesaurus . . . will gain a greater appreciation for the reference tool in this beautifully designed picture book biography of its creator, Peter Roget. . . . Busy and exuberant, Sweet's charming watercolor illustrations, layered over collages of vintage images and fonts, capture Roget's passion for classification while also providing readers new opportunities for discovery. . . . Expertly researched and well written, Bryant's narrative not only details the creation of the thesaurus; it also conveys a sense of Roget the man. . . . An excellent illustrated biography. The Horn Book (STARRED review) Apt language and ingenious imagery. . . . both decorous and warm. -- Capitol Choices From its busy end pages this lively book brings to life a creator and the words he was fascinated by. New York Times Spirited portrait of the Swiss-born Victorian who found an ingenious way to help people say what they mean. Washington Post Young readers will see that each page of this book, like each page of 'Roget's Thesaurus,

's Books Encourages a sense of wonder. . . . Myriad visual temptations luring viewers into a fine browsing experience. Providence Journal This treasure of a picture book biography traces the life of Peter Roget, the British physician who compiled Roget's Thesaurus.'

-media illustrations . . . explore Roget's lifelong love of lists and words. Kiss the Book This picture book biography gets a high recommendation from this reader. . . . Essential.

Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review)Bryant's prose is bright and well-tuned for young readers. . . . Sweet tops herself -- again! -- visually reflecting Roget's wide range as a thinker and product of the Enlightenment. Injecting her watercolor palette with shots of teal, scarlet and fuchsia, Sweet embeds vintage bits (ledger paper, type drawers, botanical illustrations and more), creating a teeming, contemplative, playfully celebratory opus. In a word: marvelous! Booklist (STARRED review) In brilliant pages teeming with enthusiasm for language and learning, Bryant and Sweet joyfully celebrate curiosity, the love of knowledge, and the power of words. School Library Journal (STARRED review) Those who have relied upon a thesaurus . . . will gain a greater appreciation for the reference tool in this beautifully designed picture book biography of its creator, Peter Roget. . . . Busy and exuberant, Sweet's charming watercolor illustrations, layered over collages of vintage images and fonts, capture Roget's passion for classification while also providing readers new opportunities for discovery. . . . Expertly researched and well written, Bryant's narrative not only details the creation of the thesaurus; it also conveys a sense of Roget the man. . . . An excellent illustrated biography. The Horn Book (STARRED review) Apt language and ingenious imagery. . . . both decorous and warm. School Library Monthly A fascinating look at a tool many of us take for granted. Capitol Choices

's Books Encourages a sense of wonder. . . . Myriad visual temptations luring viewers into a fine browsing experience. Deakin Review of Children's Literature Although it is difficult to find the right word'

. . . exceptional, marvelous, superb, pleasing, or wonderful. . . . Highly Recommended: 4 out of 4 stars. Providence Journal This treasure of a picture book biography traces the life of Peter Roget, the British physician who compiled Roget's Thesaurus.

-media illustrations . . . explore Roget's lifelong love of lists and words. Kiss the Book This picture book biography gets a high recommendation from this reader. . . . Essential.

.-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books -Encourages a sense of wonder. . . . Myriad visual temptations luring viewers into a fine browsing experience.-Midwest Book Review -The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus is a fabulous illustrated junior biography, celebrating the richness and power of words, and the wonderful story of the man who organized and listed words to make them accessible to all who are literate.- Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews -In this remarkable book Jen Bryant's lyrical text is paired with Melissa Sweet's wonderful multimedia artwork to give young readers a compelling story about a man whose book of words, and their meanings, is now a valuable tool used by writers of all kinds.- -- Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review) Sweet envisions Roget's work as a shadow box crammed with the wonders of the natural world, adorned with exuberant hand-lettered typography. Together with Bryant's sympathetic account, Sweet's gentle riot of images and words humanizes the man behind this ubiquitous reference work and demystifies the thesaurus itself. -- Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review) Bryant's prose is bright and well-tuned for young readers. . . . Sweet tops herself -- again! -- visually reflecting Roget's wide range as a thinker and product of the Enlightenment. Injecting her watercolor palette with shots of teal, scarlet and fuchsia, Sweet embeds vintage bits (ledger paper, type drawers, botanical illustrations and more), creating a teeming, contemplative, playfully celebratory opus. In a word: marvelous! -- Booklist (STARRED review) In brilliant pages teeming with enthusiasm for language and learning, Bryant and Sweet joyfully celebrate curiosity, the love of knowledge, and the power of words.

From its busy end pages this lively book brings to life a creator and the words he was fascinated by.

Spirited portrait of the Swiss-born Victorian who found an ingenious way to help people say what they mean.

Young readers will see that each page of this book, like each page of 'Roget s Thesaurus,

's Books

Midwest Book Review

-- Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review) Sweet envisions Roget's work as a shadow box crammed with the wonders of the natural world, adorned with exuberant hand-lettered typography. Together with Bryant's sympathetic account, Sweet's gentle riot of images and words humanizes the man behind this ubiquitous reference work and demystifies the thesaurus itself.

-- School Library Journal (STARRED review) Those who have relied upon a thesaurus . . . will gain a greater appreciation for the reference tool in this beautifully designed picture book biography of its creator, Peter Roget. . . . Busy and exuberant, Sweet s charming watercolor illustrations, layered over collages of vintage images and fonts, capture Roget s passion for classification while also providing readers new opportunities for discovery. . . . Expertly researched and well written, Bryant s narrative not only details the creation of the thesaurus; it also conveys a sense of Roget the man. . . . An excellent illustrated biography. The Horn Book (STARRED review) Apt language and ingenious imagery. . . . both decorous and warm. -- Capitol Choices

New York Times Spirited portrait of the Swiss-born Victorian who found an ingenious way to help people say what they mean.

The Bulletin of the Center for Children

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
42 pages

Author

Melissa Sweet
More books by Melissa Sweet

Publisher

William B Eerdmans Publishing Co

Publication date

15th September 2014

ISBN

9780802853851


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