But before they do, they discover for themselves just how unsatisfying those pixels can be, meet a strange new creature called a thesaurus, encounter a gang of lost children and learn that trying something new can be very useful indeed.
Charmingly illustrated, complete with a map and cast of characters, by Joan Charles, Lost in Lexicon may vaguely remind you of other titles – perhaps The Phantom Tollbooth. But don’t stop there. This really is a much better ride. It’s a paean to imagination, learning and thinking for oneself – it’s advocating all those things that make life truly enjoyable. Lost in Lexicon can show a child many things, in the context of a compelling story built of truly interesting characters on a wild adventure.
Lucky for readers, Lost in Lexicon is the first in a projected four-book series called the Lexicon Adventure Series, from Scarletta Press, and the first book in their Books for Young Readers line. The second book, The Ice Castle, is due to be released next August. Each book in this new line will be Lexile-level tested.
The companion website includes games and activities along with information for parents and educators. But shhh! The kids won’t even know they are learning if you don’t tell them!
Check here for a profile of Scarletta Press and more information on their new Books for Young Readers line.
Lost in Lexicon: An Adventure in Words and Numbers
by Pendred Noyce
Scarletta Press/Books for Young Readers, 368 pages
Paper, ISBN 978-0-9830219-2-6, $12.95
Also available as an e-book 978-0-9830219-3-3