13 Words

13 Words


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13 Words:

1. Bird
2. Despondent
3. Cake
4. Dog
5. Busy
6. Convertible
7. Goat
8. Hat
9. Haberdashery
10. Scarlet
11. Baby
12. Panache
13. Mezzo-Soprano

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061664670
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 497,531
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Lemony Snicket had an unusual education which may or may not explain his ability to evade capture. He is the author of the 13 volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events, several picture books including The Dark, and the books collectively titled All The Wrong Questions.

Maira Kalman is the illustrator of The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr, the author of My Favorite Things, Principles of Uncertainty, and the bestselling And the Pursuit of Happiness, and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books. Her artwork has graced multiple covers of The New Yorker, and her watches, clocks, accessories, and paperweights have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art store. She lives in New York City.

Alex Kalman is a designer, curator, writer, and creative director. He is the founder, director, and a chief curator of Mmuseumm, a new type of museum described as "curatorial genius" by The Atlantic and "one of the top twelve hidden art gems in the world" by the New York Times T Magazine. He also published the very first ever Op-Object column in the New York Times. His artwork, films, installations, and exhibitions have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His latest project, Future Aleppo, was on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2018. He lives in New York City.


Snicket is something of a nomad. Handler lives in San Francisco, California.

Date of Birth:

February 28, 1970

Place of Birth:

Handler was born in San Francisco in 1970, and says Snicket's family has roots in a land that's now underwater.


Handler is a 1992 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut.

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13 Words 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it is a little confusing it is a great book. If you are interested in Lemony Snicket you should read this book. You should also read A Series of Unfortunate Events!! Lemony snicket you rule!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since so many of the reviews on this book are just questions instead of reviews and dragging the rating down, I will tell you that my four-year-old loved this book. We checked it out of the library and the illustrations are kind of folksy and the story is a little quirky but fun. As a bonus, my four-year-old now knows what the word despondent means.
sweetiegherkin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
13 Words is like an exercise for a creative writing class or a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants story you tell your kids when they request one and you are too tired or lacking in energy to come up with a coherent plot. The book's cover jacket lists 13 unrelated words, which range from the fairly mundane, everyday words most young readers would recognize (i.e., bird, cake) to the unusual, fun-to-say words (i.e., haberdashery, panache). The text of the book itself aims to wrap together all these together into a story, which it does with some success. The story is silly and absurd, but it doesn't quite live up to the genius of Snicket's books for older children, A Series of Unfortunate Events. Nevertheless, it should be pleasing to young children and, failing that, will at least teach them some new words!
jrlandry1410 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Lemony Snicket almost as much as I enjoy saying his name, which is a lot. I always noticed how he worked new and interesting vocabulary words into the Series of Unfortunate Events books, but I never thought he'd make a whole children's book centered around certain words. An interesting theory and something children can definitely learn from, Mr. Snicket takes these 13 seemingly unrelated words and uses them all to spin a silly and delightful tale that will have just about anyone smiling. A really great book to use with children when you are encouraging them to make sentences out of vocabulary words. It will be so interesting for them to see an author making a whole story out of a list of words. Some children might not understand all the words, but I think they can definitely get the concept. I also liked it because even being 20 and in college I have to admit I learned a new word myself. Thank you, Mr. Snicket.
allawishus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I give it four stars for the art and the focus on one of my favorite things - cake! It's Maira Kalman's typical style; seemingly unrelated, sketchy images given relationship through their coloring and juxtaposition. I wonder if the story was written to the art or if the art was created for the story (the former seems most likely). I think Kalman herself is the despondent bird, eating cake and painting ladders. The dog in the story looked suspicously Max-like, especially once he started trying on hats. The story itself is sort of odd - I'm sure there's some porquoi tale of how this story came to be, lol. Why 13 words, why these 13 words? They certainly aren't any sort of controlled vocabulary and the words don't really have a common theme - in that sense it's not a "useful" children's book (cringe cringe) for learning to read or learning vocabulary. Well you know what I mean. It's kind of like a party game where you all pick a word out of a hat and somehow have to make a coherent story.Interesting! Not the best, but still interesting. And the art is amazing.
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
13 Words is a creatively written book comprised of 13 seemingly unconnected words. The story builds as each page reveals a new word to add to the story. This book has a mixture of simple and complex vocabulary. This book could be used as a mentor text for teaching writing. Have your students brainstorm a list of "random" words, then challenge them to write a story using all of the words from the list.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Snicket, L., & Kalman, M. (2010). 13 words. New York: Harper.This droll picture book by Lemony Snicket will have some teachers and students scratching their heads. He weaves a very silly¿and in places absurd¿story (¿Now my friend is busy painting eleven ladders in ten colors¿) around thirteen unrelated words, which he obliquely defines when necessary (¿haberdashery¿ and ¿despondent¿). It is deceptively simple, yet the thirteen very random words do weave a fun tale. The illustrations more than carry the text¿they provide a lively, vibrant realm in which this amusing tale can be told. The picture of the despondent bird reading a magazine with a `do rag on his head (after painting the 11 ladders) is very endearing. The book works on several levels: writing a book in this style would make for a very creative activity for 4th grade and up, but the book as a story is best suited for K-3. However, there are a few images that could only be understood by an older reader (a little book titled ¿Kafka¿ on the despondent bird¿s table). The whimsical style of writing is very appropriate for overall theme of the book. 13 Words has ¿relaxing¿ and ¿fun¿ written all over it¿but not literally. No awards could be found.
klunacat More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 year old and we both loved it. Every page is unexpected, never knowing where it will lead you. Such a creative book. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter jusr finished kindergarten but even in pre k this was one of her complete favorite The editorial reviews will give you more details Definitely for Maira Kalman fans to read one on one with their littlest ones and a keeper for solo reading later on Too bad nook doesnt carry her Pete books
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So is david handler.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this good?is it a picture book? I love lemony snicket, but have never heard of this book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im confused. What is Lemony Snicket writing about now? Did anyone read this? Is it a picture book?