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Ounce Dice Trice (New York Review Children's Collection) Hardcover – September 8, 2009
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“Ben Shahn’s drawings turn Ounce, Dice, Trice, a word-nonsense book by Alastair Reid, into an art book.”–Los Angeles Times
“The book, with more than 100 pictures by Ben Shahn, was designed to amuse and the words belong on the borderline where ‘the poet and the child meet.’” –The New York Times
"For decades, New Yorker writer Alastair Reid has been collecting words, weird ones. In Ounce, Dice, Trice, the words play tricks on each other and on the reader. Gongoozler. Piddocks. Mumruffin. Reid twists them into rhymes and draws odd connections between them in this book part dictionary, part gonomony receptacle...With black-and-white sketches by painter Ben Shahn, Ounce, Dice, Trice amounts to great fun for the average gongozzler (idle person) of any age." –The Bergen County Record
"There are 57 pages of this delightful nonsense, with equally delightful illustrations. My wife and I love it." –David Halperin
“Alastair Reid is a word magician.” –Bill Buford
“Ben Shahn is among the most important American artists of this century.” –Library Journal
“Ounce, Dice, Trice, an Alastair Reid book of poems for juveniles, introduces children to the fun of words. Introducing children to words in any form is, to my mind, one of the noblest of endeavors. Alastair himself has had great fun with words, both poetically and prosaically.” –Los Angeles Times
“If you like nonsense words with meanings they ought to have then you’ll like this book. If you get tired of counting to 10 in an ordinary way, try it ounce, dice, trice, quartz, quince, sago, serpent, oxygen, nitrogen, and denim. The pictures are fine too. An enjoyable book.” –Los Angeles Times
About the Author
Ben Shahn (1898–1969) was a painter, muralist, print-maker, and illustrator. He was best known for his socially and politically informed artwork, including a famous series of paintings depicting the trial of the anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. His 1956 Charles Eliot Norton lectures were collected and published as The Shape of Content, and he illustrated numerous books of poetry. Ounce Dice Trice is the only book he illustrated that was written specifically for children.
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Pair this with Richard Wilbur's Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences.
OUNCE DICE TRICE is an exuberant exploration of words - real, imaginary, sense and nonsense - and will be great for young fans of Silverstein and Seuss, as well as the writer, poet, teacher or librarian in your life.
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. :)
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At least one Ben Shahn illustration on every page. That's all you need to know.Published 9 months ago by Carridine Poran
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. Read morePublished on June 3, 2013 by Kevin Krause
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... Read morePublished on November 30, 2012 by Steve Berczuk
What a delightful book! My nephew, for whom the book was a gift, is not the avid reader I was at his age, but he still connected with the magic of this book.Published on October 6, 2012 by nprgirl
I remember this book from my childhood. My mother used to read it to me and teach me to read. I could only ever remember one line from the book: " Ram Tam Gee Pickagee is feeling... Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a book to read aloud to small children, and to have the older brothers and sisters take over reading aloud to the younger ones. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Dennis