Book Review |13 Words

Title: 13 Words

Author: Lemony Snicket

Illustrator: Maira Kalman

My Review:

“Haberdashery”, “Panache” and “Despondent” are not words in my children’s vocabulary. That is until we read “13 Words” by the international bestselling author Lemony Snicket and illustrated by acclaimed artist Maira Kalman. “13 Words” captivated my three children and they would constantly interrupt me to talk about the beautiful and engaging illustrations. My children ages 3, 4 and 5 would try to guess the next word based on the illustrations and would clap with excitement when guessing “bird”, “cake” and “dog” correctly. What I appreciate most is that “13 Words” is not a traditional children’s word book but instead introduces young readers into a world that is whimsical and witty making them both curious and interested in learning the meaning of the words and appreciating art at the same time.

At the park, my four year old daughter stood alone with a sad expression on her face after being excluded from a group of children playing kick ball and my five year old son walked up to her, grabbing her hand and asked her so seriously “Why are you being so despondent?” It was such a sweet moment and really hit home that children absorb what they are exposed too.

“13 Words” would make a wonderful gift for any child for the holidays. I encourage you to watch this original book trailer for “13 Words” on You Tube.

“13 Words” by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Maira Kalman can be purchased at major book retailers or on

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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