Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Video: 13 Words

What happens when you team the delightfully quirky artist Maira Kalman with writer Daniel Handler (much better known as Lemony Snicket, author of the popular Series of Unfortunate Events)?

The result, 13 Words, is a word book for children unlike any other. While word #1, bird, is one you might expect to find in a book for young children, word #2 is despondent, word #9 is haberdashery and word
#12 is panache. Not your typical entries in a typical word book for kids.

But somehow the author weaves these 13 words together to make a story (perhaps an unusual story, but still...) and Kalman's illustrations brilliantly extend the meaning and it all comes together.