Created: 15th November, 2018

Shona, Word Detective

Author: John Agard
Illustrator: Michael Broad
Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Shona is intrigued when she sees maverick lexicographer Professor Divina Crystal-Bloomer talking on television about languages becoming extinct. She tells her teacher who is an equally enthusiastic lover of language, resulting in the whole class becoming word detectives as they share their own knowledge of languages spoken in their families and in the wider world.

See also: The Girl Who Learned All the Languages in the World by Ieva Flamingo, illustrated by Chein Shyan Lee, translated from Latvian by Žanete Vēvere Pasqualini (9781912915095). The Emma Press, £12