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Punished by David Lubar teaches second and third graders about certain kinds of words like puns, anagrams, and oxymorons. It would be best used in a classroom as a story time book in conjunction with some other vocabulary building exercises.
The book opens with Logan getting in trouble with a reference librarian named Prof. Wordsworth. Grumpy Wordsworth puts a curse on Logan and the only way to undo it is to find seven examples of specific words, for a total of twenty-one, but Logan only has a limited amount of time to accomplish the task.
Why did the person setting the curse have to be a reference librarian? Reference librarians don't go around cursing wayward patrons. Yes, they're about educating patrons but doing so in such a scary and horrendous way is anti-librarian. That disconnect really took away from my enjoyment of the book.