I very much wish that The Dictionary of Difficult Words by Jane Solomon was around when I was a child. You see, when I was a kid I just flipped to random pages in the dictionary and wrote down the ones that I found interesting and a part of me feels as though I would have found many more useful ones if I’d had books like this that had already picked out some of the better words to begin with. As an adult, I have to admit, I had a lot of fun reading this book. Frankly, I don’t think this book is one that only benefits children. And that, I think, is one of the best things about it.
The Dictionary of Difficult Words is almost just as it sounds, but I feel it might be more accurate to call it the dictionary of interesting and often unused words. Of course, that title might be a bit too lengthy. And while I did know quite a few of these words, I was over the moon thrilled to learn a few new ones whilst reading this. I can say if I had a child of my own, I would probably have already bought myself a copy of this book. It has a lot of merit, I think, in getting children interested in new words in ways that might not have cropped up before. I mean, not every kid in the world is going to be like me and actually pick up one of those ridiculously heavy dictionaries to read on their own free time.
But this one, with the colorful illustrations and the brilliant manner in which the words are presented, could be pretty grabbing for quite a few kids. The truth is that I have a lot of respect and love for this book. At the end of it all, I know I’d really like to see it on a lot of shelves in the future. It will definitely end up on mine someday.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.