As part of the the ALA Annual Conference last month, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers hosted a dinner with Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet, the dynamic duo behind both the Caldecott Honor-winning A River of Words and — coming this September — The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus.
The dinner went fabulously, not only because librarians are awesome people to hang out with, but also (perhaps especially) because Melissa helped make super cute swag bags for each of the guests. One of the goodies she included in those bags was a custom poster featuring some of her meticulously hand-printed word lists from the end sheets of The Right Word.
Those posters look fantastic. In fact, they look so fantastic that, when we found we had three extras left over after the party, we also found ourselves faced with a major dilemma about what to do with them (because, let’s be honest, the entire staff wants one, and things could get Battle Royale ugly pretty quickly over here). Thankfully, just as we were rolling up our sleeves to arm wrestle for them, someone helpfully suggested that we give them away!
Read on for full contest rules or to learn more about the book behind our prize, or enter now for your chance to be one of three lucky readers to win one of our gorgeous Melissa Sweet posters for yourself.
(Sorry, fellow Eerdfolks: you are not eligible to win, so don’t even think about trying to enter.)
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Written by Jen Bryant
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
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.
“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)
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The entry period for the giveaway begins at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, July 17. Three winners will be selected at random and notified by email by the end of business Friday, July 18.