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Calvin Gets the Last Word

by (author) Margo Sorenson

illustrated by Mike Deas

Tilbury House
Initial publish date
Jan 2021
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3


Calvin totes his portable dictionary to the breakfast table, school, baseball practice, and home again, looking for the perfect word to attach to his annoying older brother. It isn't exactly revenge, mayhem, bewilderment, subterfuge, pulverize, or even retaliation, though all those words are close and tempting. The dictionary narrates the building action. That night, when Calvin awakens his older brother by dumping a glass of water on his face, the dictionary is convinced that the word will be "prank" - but that's not quite right either. As the two brothers laugh and exchange high—fives, the best word is revealed at last: it's "family." Backmatter definitions of the featured words complete this eventful tour of a dictionary's pages.

About the authors

Margo Sorenson raised two daughters and taught middle and high school before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of more than 30 books for children from toddler age through high school.

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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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