A worm with a voracious appetite for words who has grown bored with those he finds in children's books, discovers the dictionary where his flagging appetite revives. Includes puns, puzzles, and plays on words, as well as an afterword by the author's daughter, Anne.
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A worm that lives on words, Wally finds himself starved for inspiration, until one day, he inches into a magical book: the dictionary. From this moment, he embarks upon a logomaniacal odyssey of epic proportions, twisting himself into the likes of "syzygy" and "sesquipedalian", "pyx" and "zymurgy". From its first publication in 1964, children and adults alike have been delighted by his wriggling through rhymes and words of increasing ambition and complexity, his acrobatics whimsically illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Arnold Roth.