The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra

The Great Dictionary Caper

“Teachers will have field day with this wordplay; this caper is clever, capricious, and cunning.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Bored with sitting in a dictionary ‘day in, day out,’ the words make a break for it and organize a parade which…introduce linguistics terminology in just about the most playful way possible.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“This is a charming, peppy introduction, enhanced by Comstock’s energe...

Details The Great Dictionary Caper

TitleThe Great Dictionary Caper
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherSimon Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Adventure, Nonfiction

Reviews The Great Dictionary Caper

  • Kim
    This was cute . . . but I simply must dock an otherwise-earned star from a lexicological book that includes a misspelled word ("Ryhming")!
  • Alex Baugh
    When I first opened The Great Dictionary Caper, I have to admit to more than a little bit of skepticism as I read the first page: "Words can get bored. They sit in the dictionary, day in, day out. It's time for a break." Then I looked down at the illustrations and I began to really chuckle. Sure enough, there were words like skate, truck, ride, and go escaping the dictionary and heading a word parade. Naturally, the onomatopoeia marching band was...
  • Gwen Ayler
    Great mentor text to review the types of words such as action verbs, nouns, homophones, onomatopoeia, etc. The story starts with Noah Webster letting the words out of his dictionary to go on a parade. Not such a great story to read before bedtime but a wonderful one if you're teaching an English class in elementary school.Update: After reading some comments and reviews after writing mine, I see that they misspelled the word rhyming on one page (t...
  • Holly
    The author misspelled the word rhyming (Ryhming) in the final copy. As in, I don't have an Advanced Reader Copy and this is about to go on my library's shelves. This looks especially bad when you consider this book is about words/grammar/spelling. The book looks like a picture book for the very young but I'm not sure how many very young children would be super interested in antonyms and all that. Not sure who this book is intended for to be hones...
  • Jj
    Cute illustrations, but they were so very BUSY that they often become visually overwhelming and distract and detract from the text. In this case, that is a big concern, because the whole point of the book is WORDS.Also, the incorrectly spelled word "ryhming" is just not something one can overlook or ignore in a book about words like this.Adorable, but substantially flawed.
  • Daphne
    I love a book about words, and this is a fun one, literally bringing various words to life. Neat adventure with lots of small details and jokes for a new reader to enjoy. Nice glossary at the end as well.
  • Heather
    This is a very text-heavy book that has fun with wordplay, but like other reviewers have stated, there's no caper in sight. It does a good job of illustrating different parts of speech, but with so many types, it works better as a review than an introduction. Recommended grades K-2.
  • Pear
    Great read, very ridiculous
  • Tracie
    The words in the dictionary hold a parade.
  • Brett
  • Emma
    Concept and title better than the outcome. Pages are too busy, misspelled rhyming! (ryhming)
  • Lynn
    Clever, energetic and a little bit off the wall in a good way. Fun for kids who love words and terrific for use in a classroom to GET kids to love words.
  • Michele Knott
    This ended up being way more fun than I thought it would be!
  • Alyssa Gudenburr
    An excellent (and very funny) picture book that shows all the different types of words. Would be a great read aloud for an English lesson for elementary students.
  • Sarah Wilson
    This could be an interesting language arts lesson...
  • Brownd2
    disappointing all around...definitely not a true picture book...way too advanced for the young picture book audience for an english class...title was real adventure to be had...
  • Lindsey
    Good for older children but the format is going to limit readers.