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THE WORD COLLECTOR by Peter H. Reynolds


by Peter H. Reynolds ; illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-545-86502-9
Publisher: Scholastic

Young logophile Jerome moves through a deepening relationship with words in Reynolds’ latest.

Jerome, a young boy of color, is a fastidious collector, but rather than collecting bugs or coins or comic books, Jerome collects words. Words that are new to him, words that sound fascinating to him, words that delight him—Jerome copies down his favorites and keeps them organized in scrapbooks. One day, Jerome takes a tumble, and his books of words seem to explode, and clouds of paper fill the page. His collection becomes fantastically jumbled as “words he had not imagined being side by side” suddenly inspire Jerome to make new creations not only to collect, but also to share. Phrases become poems, and poems become songs. Simple words share powerful feelings. Even as he delights in sharing of himself with his burgeoning lexicon, he decides to share his collection as well, releasing it into the wind for others to find and begin their own collections. In his love letter to those who take delight in words, Reynolds elegantly and with almost ironic brevity demonstrates the entrancing meanings and sounds and textures of English words together with uncluttered (if fairly literal) illustrations to capture the beauty of words and the wonder of sharing them with others. (Languages other than English are largely unrepresented.)

Enchanting if monolingual. (Picture book. 4-8)