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Ounce Dice Trice (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – 22 Oct 2009

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Enough curiosities here to tantalise even the most hardened gongoozler. (London Review of Books)

This mad exporation of words is weirdly addictive and Ben Shahn's etchings make it even more appealing. (Junior)

About the Author

Alastair Reid is a poet, translator, essayist, and scholar of Latin American literature. He joined the staff of The New Yorker in 1959 and has translated works by Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges. Among his many books for children are A Balloon for a Blunderbuss, I Keep Changing, Millionaires, Supposing, and Ounce Dice Trice (published by the New York Review Children's Collection). In 2008 he published two career-spanning collections of work, Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations and Outside In: Selected Prose. He lives in New York.

Ben Shahn (1898-1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He work has appeared everywhere, from the cover of Time to the walls of The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gundulum of garbage cans! 4 Sept. 2014
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l first came across this treasure while shelving books as a library page in the public library when I was a teen. Intrigued, I checked it out and was delighted with the creativity of the author. I still remember his list of collective nouns including "a gundulum of garbage cans", a phrase that has stayed with me over the decades. A scribbitch of papers, a snigglement of string, a snuttering of monkeys. Counting from one to ten: archery, butchery, treachery...oh boy, don't get me started.

Now that I have a little grandson, I jumped at the chance to secure a copy of this classic for him when he is old enough to enjoy it. So glad I was reminded of the existence of this book, lo these many years later!

By the way, I think the talented artist/illustrator of this book, Ben Shahn, created a whimsical painting of my favorite composer, Johann Sebastian Bach. I believe it was featured as a cover on Time magazine. I loved that illustration and saved it for many years but have since lost track of it. I wish I could see that painting again. :)
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A HOOT!!! 3 Jun. 2013
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I've been reading this to my daughter regularly. And she reads it to me. It's FUN! It's a mouthful of great words that sound funny when you say them. The book needs better art, but the words more than make up for it! I HIGHLY recommend this book to parents of young children! It's a fun and fantastic read! Gets kids thinking about new words and gets them to come up with words of their own!
4.0 out of 5 stars Words beyond compare 7 Feb. 2010
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I purchased Ounce, Dice Trice because it was acclaimed the only grammar book a child would ever read. Being a stickler for good grammar, I thought this book would be the perfect gift for my grandsons. I read it first before passing it along and it is a delightful book about words. I enjoyed reading it but a grammar book this is not. It introduces the reader (child or adult) into exploring word usage while having fun with it. I think their advanced promotion was misleading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun With Words 30 Nov. 2012
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I just finished reading this with my soon to be 6 year old, and we both enjoyed it. This book has fun with words at many levels: made up words to interesting patterns of words, to amusing reference patterns that span pages. This is fun book for anyone of any age, who enjoys word play.
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