A WORD TO THE WISE by Alison Craigin & Jane Lawrence Mali Herzig


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Perhaps this is meant to be an encouraging object lesson for reluctant readers; however, it's doubtful that the intended audience would care to struggle through the tedious story of group O, a special fourth-grade reading class, which rebels against narrow-minded Mrs. Dillworth (she'll only let them read baby books) by ripping off a thesaurus from the school library. First wimpy Beegee gets the best of some fifth-grade boys by tossing off a few five-dollar words; then Thelma subdues her bratty younger brother by substituting her usual threat to ""kill"" him with more graphic synonyms; Jonathan helps his failed politican father become chairman of a city-wide cleanup campaign by composing a high-flown speech on litter; Grace writes a cogent memo to her ad-exec Mom and eventually gets the puppy of her dreams; and so on, and so on. Unfortunately, this tiresome recitation of triumphs with Roger isn't likely to grab even indiscriminate bookaholics, and readers who don't share the authors' faith in the power of words will find this about as convincing as all those commercial testimonials for Evelyn Wood.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 1979
Publisher: Little, Brown