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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Series: New York Review Children's Collection
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: NYR Children's Collection (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590173201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590173206
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I want every children's book editor and also every primary and middle school teacher and librarian in America to read this book. It is the antidote to plotting, plot-driven, two-line synopsizable, anti-imagination books....[Ounce Dice Trice] can be read cover to cover, back to front, middle to end, upside down, any way you like. "  --Daniel Pinkwater, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR, 12/12/09

“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

Alastair Reid is a poet, translator, essayist, and scholar of Latin American literature. He had been on the staff of The New Yorker since 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, and Millionaires (all illustrated by Bob Gill), and Supposing (illustrated by Abe Birnbaum). In 2008 he published two career-spanning collections of work, Inside Out: Selected Poetry and Translations and Outside In: Selected Prose.

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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Great fun playing with language, and not just for kids.
A. Lorraine Ironplow
After hearing of this book on NPR I purchased it for my three grandsons and we had a delightful time reading it aloud.
Denise K. Kiefer
Great fun to read aloud, and likely to lead to imaginative family word play!
Deborah Freedman

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Freedman on September 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite books, all about words - some real, taken out of context, and listed by categories, like: "Light Words" (lissom, sibilant, nimble...), "Names for Elephants" (Wilbur, Bendigo, Wendell Tubb, Deuteronomy...), etc. Other words are completely invented and defined such as "a GONGOZZLER is an idle person who is always stopping in the street and starting at a curious object like a TINGLE-AIREY." The illustrations by Ben Shahn are also wonderful. Great fun to read aloud, and likely to lead to imaginative family word play!

Pair this with Richard Wilbur's Opposites, More Opposites, and a Few Differences.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By L. Stone on May 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I had this book as a I kid and I'm thrilled that it's still around. It's meant as a children's book, but I remember all the adults in our household loved it as well. It uses language in the style of Ogden Nash to give odd names to common things. It lists large-sounding names for elephants and matching names for twins. It has it's own style of counting that goes "ounce, dice, trice, quartz, quince, etc." Any child who lovers word play will love this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on December 13, 2009
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My favorite pick for holiday gift-giving, appealing for wordlovers of all ages, is the New York Review of Books Classics reissue of poet Alastair Reed's OUNCE DICE TRICE. NYRB are great curators and always choose wonderful old treasures to reissue, and this is no exception. Plus the books themselves are of such high quality that they will be sure to be loved for many more years to come.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Lorraine Ironplow on December 16, 2009
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I got this as a gift when I was 8 in 1958 and I have treasured it ever since. Great fun playing with language, and not just for kids. It opened up the possiblity that our language is not just a given, but can be expanded and altered as needed. And that there are many things in the world not yet noticed and not yet named. Many years later, the novel Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin became an excellent and more advanced source on this theme.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frances G. Nix on February 10, 2010
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Great to read with kids...they learn while laughing at the different, funny words along with the pictures. Brings excitement to the pages and unleashes their imagination with humor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise K. Kiefer on February 8, 2010
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After hearing of this book on NPR I purchased it for my three grandsons and we had a delightful time reading it aloud. Even though die hard children of the internet, they were intrigued by the wordplay. However, it must be read aloud to enjoy it to the fullest.
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By Kevin Krause on June 3, 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!
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By Steve Berczuk VINE VOICE on November 30, 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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