The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus by Melissa Sweet


The Right Word Roget and His Thesaurus by Melissa Sweet

2015 Caldecott Honor Book 2015 Sibert Medal Winner For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasn t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and turned it to organizing ideas and finding exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time. Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.


-- 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,

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42 pages


Melissa Sweet
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Publication date

25th September 2014



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