Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids

British-English edition

Children - Educational
120 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2019
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

In Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids by SB Hilarion, siblings Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee are eager philomaths or, in other words, seekers of knowledge. Follow their journey through the alphabet as they discover the meanings behind over 800 words. This may sound quite a boring thing to do, but you will be amazed at the amount of interesting fun facts you will have learned by the end of the book. This vast unique dictionary is filled with great illustrations and covers subjects such as weird customs and traditions from around the globe, cuisine, biology, and the natural world. If you ever wanted to know what a notaphily was or maybe a quincunx, then you will find out here. What is the iceberg called that is four times the size of Manhattan in New York? Maybe you wanted to know the meaning behind the word with an incredible 45 letters? If you are a philomath, then you too can become as clever as Sabine Yi and Hao Finley and impress family and friends with your vast intelligence.

There is no doubt that this incredible book will keep children and adults entertained for hours while educating them on a vast array of subjects such as the environment, music, mythology, historical figures, plus so much more. The illustrations and comical conversations between the children and their family members really made learning fun. It took a long time to digest the contents of the book because there was so much to learn. I loved the sections on different words that are used from around the world, their unusual customs and cuisine. There are definitely words such as tussis that I am going to use in the future. As a lover of language, this is a goldmine of a book, and I am already thinking of all the people I know that would appreciate receiving this as a gift. This would make a great addition to any child's bookshelf or be used by teachers in lessons.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids: British-English Edition by SB Hilarion is an amusing and educational dictionary for kids. Written by two young siblings, Sabine Yi Lee and Hao Finley, here you can learn words from your own culture and from others around the world. And kids can learn some cool humungous words and their meanings, things that Mum and Dad know nothing about. No matter what the subject, these two Philomaths have words for you to learn, along with great stories that go with each word. Colourful illustrations and humour abound as they pass on their newfound knowledge to kids everywhere.

Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids: British-English Edition by SB Hilarion really is a cool book for kids. Dictionaries are boring – until you read this one. It has plenty of wonderful illustrations to go with the words and the stories and the facts are told in an educational but funny way - the best way to learn, in my opinion. The descriptions don’t just discuss the English meanings and facts but also those from other cultures too, which makes it a good all-around learning tool for children and adults! I love the humour injected into the book and I love the layout – this isn’t your standard list of words with a meaning beside it. Instead, the pages are laid out in a way that keeps the reader interested. All in all, a great book, highly recommended for kids and parents and, perhaps, a great way for kids to learn at school too. After all, we all learn more when it's fun.

K.J. Simmill

Have you ever sat and marveled at the diversity of language, or considered how many words pass us by unnoticed? Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids by SB Hilarion aims to provide a fun, thought-provoking read which will expand the minds and vocabulary of young readers. Whether you are looking to learn, discover new words from different cultures, or simply expand your knowledge in a fun way, this book has a lot to offer.

The energy in SB Hilarion's Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids is unmistakable. From the first words, you are wrapped in a world of knowledge and excitement any child or philomath would be desperate to explore. It makes the very concept of learning fun. When I read some to my own son, the enthusiasm of the written word instantly translated into my voice and thus to him, keeping him engaged, excited, and learning. It isn't the kind of book a child could read in one sitting, which makes the alphabetical chapters a perfect way to measure out the quantity. The word choice is wide, varied, and presented in an entertaining manner along with hand-drawn images. I liked how some of the word explanations were done in the form of a family conversation, while others told small stories or interesting facts about the chosen words.

Overall, I thought the presentation was eye-catching, the text fun, and the word choices spanned everything from common daily vocab to words rarely heard. This is a little treasure that will go a long way to teach your child new and interesting words, along with their meanings. I am a well-read adult, and there were words in there I had never encountered before. Young or old, this book will engage, educate, and entertain.