Book Review: Humongous (& Cool) Words for Kids by SB Hilarion

After immersing themselves in mantras in I AM Manifesto, young siblings Hao Finley and Sabine Yi Lee are on their journey of seeking knowledge from around the world. In Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, these philomaths not only learn about words from their own and other cultures and countries, they absorb new facts about stuff they thought they knew. Name the subject, they’re sharing: science and math (big, uncomplicated check!), different languages (“oui, sí, shì” check!), environmental awareness (layered-atmosphere check!), etiquette (thank you, check!), music (treble clef check!), international cuisine (lots of yummy checks!), and many more. All shared with wit.

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

This is a good learning tool for kids. It lists words and their pronunciation which is always helpful (I remember my dad getting tickled when I was a kid and I said something about the Cher-O-kees and dun-GAR-ees in the same sentence).

Each word contains a good definition, sometimes quite detailed. Within the definitions are new words that include definitions. It sounds confusing but it works. I’m not sure why the pronunciations are listed first and the definitions are listed separately though unless it’s to give the child an incentive to repeat the pronunciation.

The words are listed in alphabetical order which seems to be the best way to list them. At the end of the book, there is a chapter called “Potpourri.” Why weren’t they included with the rest of the book? The words were interesting, but I kept thinking I must have missed something.

Overall, this is a good book to help kids learn new words. I sure learned a few new ones!

About the Author

SB Hilarion is the author and main illustrator of the nonfiction educational books in the Raising Young Scholars Series. The author of I AM Manifesto, and Humongous (& Cool) Words For Kids, she enjoys sharing new things that she learns. After all, that’s what a philomath would do. Hilarion lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, plus some groundhogs and deer who refuse to pay rent.