A friend told me about Frindle by Andrew Clements, illustrated by Brian Selznick (originally published in 1996) early this year, and I immediately added it to my wishlist. When I came into the good fortune of an Amazon gift card recently, it was one of the three books I bought. The book is intended for readers ages 9-12.
I don’t normally pick up children’s books, let alone buy them. But this is an exception, and for good reason. Frindle is about a boy, Nick Allen, a fifth-grader. More specifically, this book is about what happens when Allen decides to create a new word, replacing pen with frindle.
It’s about creating a word! How could I not read that?
So I did read it (in just a couple hours), and quite enjoyed it. It’s a fun, fun book. It’s nice to read a book that portrays children eager to learn in a at least semi-positive light. If you like words, I’d recommend you read this book.
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