The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words

Longlisted for the information category of the North Somerset Teachers' Book Award

Book Title : The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words

Author : Andy Seed

Illustrator : Scott Garrett

Publisher : Bloomsbury

ISBN : 9781408853382

Some people play sports, cards or even play with their food but the very best people play with words! Jokes, poems, riddles even tongue twisters and Spoonerisms; Andy Seed’s 'Silly book of Weird and Wacky Words' has them all! If you’d like to sort your belly jeans from your bunny phone and your schnozzle from your mazuma, then this is the book of you.

Covering everything from juicy jokes and riddles to wacky word games, this fabulously funny read is both a laugh a minute and highly informative. Andy Seed shares the funniest of examples and explains how playing with words works and what makes language so funny.

If you don’t know what a sniglet is (words used in situations where there are no others), or an oxymoron (expressions using words that contradict each other) or maybe what a pleonasm is (language that uses more words then is necessary) then ‘The Silly Book of Weird and Wacky Words’ might just help you to become a word play wizard!

This is highly recommended to fans of Andy Seed’s other brilliant books- ‘The Silly Book of Side Splitting Stuff’ and ‘The Anti-boredom Book of Brilliant Things to Do’.

The perfect wacky word book to share with a class- whether as an attention grabbing activity, a quick read at the end of the day or as part of a literacy lesson. There is so much information that will help children have fun with language. 

There are ideas for creating class tongue twisters (page 45), riddles (page 12) and jokes (page 8). Readers could create a class dictionary of ‘Whatsit Words’ (words to use when you’ve forgotten what to say) like the ones on page 29, or even a dictionary of words used only in local dialect (page 88). This book will inspire so many creative word based projects. Be warned though, the children might even become the teachers as you share the new language of text speak together (page36)!