Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it—he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!
Noah Webster himself serves as "editor" for this wry introduction to his life and work, marking up the pages with corrections, commentary, and deletions (usually in service of portraying himself in the best possible light). Maurer (Storm Codes) paints a picture of a man secure in his opinions, including his desire to see America "break away from Great Britain in every way. Politics. Trade. Even in its ways of speaking and spelling." Alongside Webster's many interjections ("I was simply helping people to see the right point of view," he says in response to claims that he often argued), Catusanu (How to Eat an Airplane) creates lively, patchwork scenes that incorporate samples from prints, newspapers, books, and Webster's own letters. It's a boisterous account of a singular contributor to America's linguistic legacy. Ages 7 11. Author's agent: Kendra Marcus, Bookstop Literary. Illustrator's agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words.