WALLY THE WORDWORM
By Clifton Fadiman
presented by his daughter, Anne Fadiman
Wally is a worm who lives on words, and one day he discovers the dictionary and finds a feast; he devours words like "ptarmigan" and "sesquipedalian." Wally's wiggling acrobatics take him through increasingly difficult and complex words and rhymes that are great fun to read aloud. The book originally appeared in 1964, illustrated by Arnold Roth, and has just been reissued. It awakens young readers to the allure of language and what it's possible to do with it. Anne Fadiman, the author's daughter, has written the afterward to this new edition.
Anne Fadiman is the author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, At Large and at Small (as well as several other volumes of essays), and The Wine Lover's Daughter. a memoir about Clifton Fadiman, her father, who was a critic, editor, the host of the radio program Information Please, and author of the bestseller The Lifetime Reading Plan, and co-author of The New Lifetime Reading Plan.