After years of working, waiting, and dreaming, the most highly anticipated children’s book of our Fall 2014 season — Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet’s The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus — has finally reached its publication date.
It’s here — and it’s gorgeous. (For all you thesaurus geeks out there, it’s also brilliant, exquisite, splendid, stunning, sublime, and gosh darn awesome.)
Check out the book trailer below, or scroll down to read more about the book and what critics are saying.
For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions — and it wasn’t long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn’t write stories; he wrote lists. Peter took his love for words and used it to organize his ideas and find exactly the right word to express just what he thought. His lists grew and grew, eventually turning into one of the most important reference books of all time.
This book is an inviting, visually engrossing portrayal of Peter Mark Roget and the creation of the thesaurus. Readers of all ages will marvel at Roget’s life, depicted through lyrical text and brilliantly detailed illustrations. This elegant book celebrates the joy of learning and the power of words.
Early Praise for The Right Word
“Sweet envisions Roget’s work as a shadow box crammed with the wonders of the natural world, adorned with exuberant hand-lettered typography. Together with Bryant’s sympathetic account, Sweet’s gentle riot of images and words humanizes the man behind this ubiquitous reference work and demystifies the thesaurus itself.”
— Publishers Weekly (STARRED Review)
“Bryant’s prose is bright and well-tuned for young readers. . . . Sweet tops herself — again! — visually reflecting Roget’s wide range as a thinker and product of the Enlightenment. Injecting her watercolor palette with shots of teal, scarlet and fuchsia, Sweet embeds vintage bits (ledger paper, type drawers, botanical illustrations and more), creating a teeming, contemplative, playfully celebratory opus. In a word: marvelous!”
— Kirkus Reviews (STARRED Review)
“In brilliant pages teeming with enthusiasm for language and learning, Bryant and Sweet joyfully celebrate curiosity, the love of knowledge, and the power of words.”
— Booklist (STARRED review)
“With its spirit of old-fashioned inquiry and cabinet-of-curiosities charm, Jen Bryant’s The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus is a delightful tribute to a man of genius who changed the way the world looked at language. . . . Featuring lists copied from Roget’s own notebooks, antique papers, type blocks and other ephemera, Melissa Sweet’s breathtaking mixed-media illustrations reflect the great man’s intellect — roving yet selective, inclusive but discerning. Young readers will love poring over this book of wonders.”
“All in all, The Right Word is a spectacular, brilliant, marvelous, superb, magnificent, dazzling work of art.”
— Monica Edinger, Educating Alice