Author- Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne.
Publish date- August 2012.
Publisher- University of Queensland Press.
What I thought:
There are lots of things about this book that made me excited to read it, but the overwhelming one is that it's about words.
I adore words- finding out names and meanings of new ones, word etymology and through I am not a frequent visitor of them, dictionaries fill me with such a delightful sense of joy. And hope, too. As soon as I heard about Word Hunters I was sold- it has a really neat cover to boot- because it is all those things and more and I was sure joy would spring forth, that a new love was about to be acquired.
Unfortunately... that's not quite how it went.
I was expecting something that, though being a MG read, would appeal to more than a single audience- a series of unfortunate events style- but that wasn't so.
The two main characters were very irritating and fairly clueless, and they just did things that made no sense, picked up on very obvious things at a painfully slow rate and practifcally from the beginning I found it really hard to follow the story with the siblings narrating.
The pace of the book was quite awkward for me, too- there are (this is possibly a spoiler, so watch out) multiple adventures in the single book, and in each adventure to save a different word the characters would go through three-four different time periods, which was very interesting but the characters only stayed in one time/place for around 10-20 pages, which gave hardly any time to settle in.
The etymology was pretty interesting, though- for me, at least, though I can't say the same for the characters- but it was fairly basic and I would've liked a little more detail and background in each section.
Rating: Oh nooo/Poor.
Overall this was really not the book for me. I have no desire to continue the series, but if readers can enjoy the two protagonists dialouge/narrating , I think this is a great introduction to a further keenness in learning about words and all that etymological jazz.
Thank you to UQP for this review copy!