BOY MEETS DOG by Valerie Wyatt


A Word Game Adventure
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 8


Wyatt introduces kids to word ladders, in which a starting word leads step by step, by the substitution of one letter at a time, to a final word.

Lewis Carroll, who came up with lots of good word games, invented one called “doublets,” in which you took a word and changed one letter at a time to arrive at another word, often an opposite; for instance, push to pull: push, hush, husk, hulk, hull, pull. Easy peasy. Rain to snow, in eight moves. It’s a bit like chess, and it can be just as exasperating and invigorating. OK, here you go: rain, raid, said, slid, slip, ship, shop, show, snow. But you knew that, right? Almost any introduction to this word game is worth the entrance fee, and this one passes the mark easily. The artwork deftly and colorfully borrows from conventions of animation to provide two-page scenes that carry readers on each word journey, and there is a little narrative twist at the end, about whether or not a character is real or just a toy (boy into toy), which forces readers to stake a grasp on reality as they twist and turn these words into those words. A note at the end should set readers, both adults and kids, on their way to making their own word ladders.

Now: good to book. Just three rungs up (good, goon, boon, book) and well-worth the climb. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-55453-824-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Kids Can
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2013


ChildrenWHO DISCOVERED AMERICA?  by Valerie Wyatt
by Valerie Wyatt
ChildrenFAQ WEATHER by Valerie Wyatt
by Valerie Wyatt
ChildrenTHE SCIENCE BOOK FOR GIRLS by Valerie Wyatt
by Valerie Wyatt


ChildrenSUPERBRAIN by Toronto Public Library
by Toronto Public Library
ChildrenODDREY JOINS THE TEAM by Dave Whamond
by Dave Whamond
ChildrenODDREY AND THE NEW KID by Dave Whamond
by Dave Whamond
ChildrenODDREY by Dave Whamond
by Dave Whamond
ChildrenALPHABEST by Helaine Becker
by Helaine Becker


ChildrenTHE WORD COLLECTOR by Sonja Wimmer
by Sonja Wimmer
ChildrenWHAT SHIP IS NOT A SHIP? by Harriet Ziefert
by Harriet Ziefert
ChildrenWORD BUILDER by Ann Whitford Paul
by Ann Whitford Paul