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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.