AlphamaniacsISBN: 9780763690663 Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word
By: Paul Fleischman, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 6 - 11
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 2020
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 18.8 x 1.91
Are you a word person? A curiosity seeker? An explorer? Take a look at these twenty-six extraordinary individuals for whom love of language is an extreme sport.
Step right up and read the genuine stories of writers so intoxicated by the shapes and sound of language that they collected, dissected, and constructed verbal wonders of the most extraordinary kind. Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote his memoirs by blinking his left eyelid, unable to move the rest of his body. Frederic Cassidy was obsessed with the language of place, and after posing hundreds of questions to folks all over the United States, amassed (among other things) 176 words for dust bunnies. Georges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter e (so well that at least one reviewer didn’t notice its absence), then followed with a novella in which e was the only vowel. A love letter to all those who love words, language, writing, writers, and stories, Alphamaniacs is a stunningly illustrated collection of mini-biographies about the most daring and peculiar of writers and their audacious, courageous, temerarious way with words.