How delightful - but uncannily unsurprising - to learn that thesaurus means "treasure house" in Greek. And that people "snatched it from the shelves like a new kind of candy" when Peter Mark Roget first published his creation in 1852. There's so much to treasure about The Right Word, a new picture book that is as layered and vivid visually as it is linguistically. The story by Jen Bryant is perfect throughout every single syllable, a retracing of Roget's life beginning with his childhood heartbreak and how making lists helped bring order to his world. That is the why and a reason to care deeply, which gives the book its initial greatness. Then, the drawings by Melissa Sweet. I needed a thesaurus to find a word to do them justice and the closest I could get is wondrous. The language, the meaning, the art - this book gets it all so very very right.
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