Jack just finished Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce. It’s half comic / half book – and at first glance looks like junk reading.
But I love when Jack reads these kind of books. For him, they are “fun books.” He loves reading them – unlike those boring, award-winning ones they have to read in school. But these books are huge vocabulary-builders. Here’s a sample of the words in Max and the Midknights: troubadour, vagrant, perilous, ostler, inept, prophecies.
Do you know what “ostler” means? I didn’t. See – even I learned a new word!
But another great part about Max and the Midknights is that the vocab can be learned in multiple ways:
“You know what troubadours are, right? They’re traveling entertainers.
So kids learn the words through context and the author also provides a definition for them. Tricky, huh?
Same with Timmy Failure. This book is basically a PSAT/ISEE vocab list hidden in a silly story about a boy running an unsuccessful detective agency.
Here are some of the words in Timmy Failure: ruse, farce, slander, mendacity, glutinous, pertinent. There is even a Timmy Failure website where you can download vocab flashcards with all the words in the book.