Reviewed by Siobhan Bridgwater
What a fantastic cover. Great humour and illustration. Despite the fact that this is not a particularly catchy title, the sleeve is very cleverly assembled, clear and pleasing.
I come from a family of Scrabble lovers. Generations regularly meet across the board. My aunts are competition champions and they love to use a two letter word. They wrap one round another and clog up the board. They even have a bookmark listing on the allowable two letter words in the World of Scrabble. It drives my mum nuts.
The conversation is always the same:
Mum: What’s that?
Aunt: Aa (or whatever)
Mum: Never heard of it. What does it mean?
Aunt: I don’t know but it is on the list.
Mum: Ridiculous! (Mumble, grumble!)
Until the next one…then repeat.
Now, at long last, a book which explains the ridiculous and will equip us all with the same advantages. The elusive, non-sensical two letter words can now be memorised and used with aplomb. I can feel the rise of a new Champion.
I love the way this book is set out: the different coloured pages, the little ditty and the wonderful illustrations. Some I still don’t get, and there are a lot of Scottish words and references but I am using them anyhow. And if the rhymes don’t stick in your head, the images may prompt a memory. They really are very good. I feel like a winner already.
If you know a Scrabble lover, get them this book. It is a sure thing.
RRP: £13.99 (hardback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.