From School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Best known today for his dictionary, Webster was an important figure in early American education. As the new nation was forming, he championed the idea of standardized spellings and usage. He simplified British words, such as "plough" to "plow," and published the first American schoolbooks. This picture-book biography bursts with charm in telling Webster's story. The author puts some words into dictionary form as a reminder of Webster's claim to fame. For example, instead of a farmer, "Noah wanted to be SCHOL-AR [noun: one who goes to school; a person who knows a lot]." The watercolor-and-pencil cartoon illustrations are a perfect complement to the text. A page describing Webster's high self-confidence depicts him with a huge head. An image of young Noah nose to nose with his irritated father is both funny and telling. Primary and secondary sources are listed, as are websites for more information and activities. This informative book would be a great addition to dictionary lessons or to studies of the formation of the United States.-Lucinda Snyder Whitehurst, St. Christopher's School, Richmond, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"This informative book would be a great addition to dictionary lessons or to studies of the formation of the United States."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"A good deal more fun than the subject might suggest."
"The volume is a wonderful success in introducing Webster in such a charming manner."
"Ferris presents a unique and inspiring cradle-to-grave biography . . . [a] useful and entertaining volume."
"The clever text, insertion of dictionary words, and hilarious illustrations make this a perfect book for everyone who loves words. This is a book to remember!"
"It's just as timely as old-timey — a charming book about a boy who preferred to read rather than do as his forefathers did."
—New York Times Book Review
"Delightful, educational, and completely fascinating."
"What really singles out this picture book is its ability to incorporate definitions within the text without sounding contrived."
"A rousing success."
—Publishers Weekly, starred review