Word Play

This book isn’t like the other books I’ve posted on book worming. Instead of there being a story, it teaches you about lots of different aspects of the English Language. For example, one of the chapters talks about lipograms. A lipogram is where a book, or a paragraph, or a nursery rhyme doesn’t include a particular letter. For example, in the book Brandreth rewrites an exert from the Twelfth Night without the letters l and o.

“If music be desire’s sustenance, make music yet;
Give me excessive music, that, surfeiting, The appetite may sicken and thus die…”

Who knew what a lipogram was? I certainly didn’t before I read this book. He also has another chapter where he talks about tongue twisters. Here are a few good ones to try: Three free thugs set three thugs three. That bloke’s back brake-block broke. The two-toed tree toad tried to tread where the three-toed tree toad trod.

One of my personal favourite chapters is called double bubble. Double Bubble is a game Brandreth sometimes plays. You have to go through the alphabet and think about a word which has two of those letters. For example, for a you could do baa. For b you could do ebb and so on. You then carry on like that. Once you get to four letters, you won’t be able to do a full list. Some of my particular favourite words in this game are: qawiqsaqq. Qawiqsaqq is the name of a particular bluff in Alaska. Another one is hexahydroxycyclohexane. Hexahydroxycyclohexane is a chemical, a member of the vitamin B complex, which is essential for life. It also talks about collective nouns and much more!

If you are a logophile (someone who loves words) then this is the perfect book for you. I would recommend it for people ages 12+. This book would also definitely be suitable for adults.

If you decide to get this book, I hope you enjoy it and learn more about the English Language.

By Chloë Willoughby

The wolves of Willoughby Chase

The Wolves of Willoughby chase is a gripping book by Joan Aiken. It is about a girl called Bonnie and her cousin Silvia going on an adventure to stop their mean governess and her network of criminals from their evil schemes. She is trying to take over the mansion and the children are sent to a cruel school which the governesses friend owns which is far far away from Willoughby chase (the mansion they are staying at) They have to journey back there as soon as possible with the help of their friend Simon who owns lots of geese. Furthermore, there are wolves that try to eat the humans which makes it hard to travel around. It is a serious book but there are some funny aspects to it. I recommend reading this amazing tale and I would rate it five stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is a review by my friend, Bea.