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Order Melissa Sweet's ALPHAMANIACS

Print: A Bookstore is proud to be working with Caldecott Honoree and local illustrator, Melissa Sweet, in support of Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word, her new book for young readers written by Newbery Award winning author, Paul Fleischman.

To order a copy of Alphamaniacs, with a signed bookplate from the illustrator, place your order with Print: A Bookstore. In the order comments during check-out, please include who you would like the book signed to. For any questions, reach out to our Children's Manager, Stephanie Heinz, at 207-536-4778 or

Are you a word person? A curiosity seeker? An explorer? Take a look at these twenty-six extraordinary individuals for whom love of language is an extreme sport.

Step right up and read the genuine stories of writers so intoxicated by the shapes and sound of language that they collected, dissected, and constructed verbal wonders of the most extraordinary kind. Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote his memoirs by blinking his left eyelid, unable to move the rest of his body. Frederic Cassidy was obsessed with the language of place, and after posing hundreds of questions to folks all over the United States, amassed (among other things) 176 words for dust bunnies. Georges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter e (so well that at least one reviewer didn't notice its absence), then followed with a novella in which e was the only vowel.

A love letter to all those who love words, language, writing, writers, and stories, Alphamaniacs is a stunningly illustrated collection of mini-biographies about the most daring and peculiar of writers and their audacious, courageous, temerarious way with words. 

Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word Cover Image
By Paul Fleischman, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763690663
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick Studio - April 14th, 2020