Calvin Gets the Last Word
Calvin's dictionary is proud to be carried everywhere Calvin goes--the breakfast table, school, baseball practice, and home again--because Calvin is determined to find the perfect word to attach to his annoying older brother. The word isn’t exactly revenge, mayhem, bewilderment, subterfuge, pulverize, or even retaliation, though all those words are so close and very tempting. When Calvin finally finds the right word for his rascally brother, his dictionary is surprised and delighted, and readers will enjoy celebrating the triumphant discovery of Calvin's perfect word along with his dictionary. color throughout
What I loved: This is a fun book that teaches new big words to children in a fun way. I love the twist of the dictionary being the one to tell the story. Although they prank each other, there is ultimately love between his brother and himself, and I love the good natured jokes/pranks that leave both of them smiling. I also appreciated the nice things Calvin does during the day for others, such as standing up for a girl on the bus.
What left me wanting more: As a small point, I wasn't a huge fan of the revenge Calvin plays on his brother for the milk joke - he dumps a glass of water on his sleeping brother. I think a better lesson would have been to not play revenge, but they both do laugh about it and it ends with family as the word of choice.
Final verdict: CALVIN GETS THE LAST WORD is an overall cute book about finding the right word and teaches new big words in the process.