It’s a little offbeat and definitely unusual, but 13 Words is a wonderful concept for a book and it is one of my 8-year-old son’s regular bedtime story requests. The illustrations by Maira Kalman complement the story perfectly.
I love the idea of taking 13 seemingly unrelated words and working them together into a story. I think that this book works not only as a picture book, but as inspiration for a writing activity for older children or even adults.
I’m generally drawn to books that use words in clever and interesting ways and 13 Words certainly ticks both of those boxes.
For those who are intrigued and want to know, the 13 words are:
Title: 13 Words
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Maira Kalman
Publisher:HarperCollins, $27.99 RRP
Publication Date: 7 December 2010
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
For ages: 4+ years
Type: Picture book