When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
Imaginative Nicholas Allen stops using the word pen and instead calls that writing instrument a frindle. With Nicholas's encouragement, his friends also begin calling pens frindles. Soon, Nicholas's word is being used all over town much to the disgust of his teacher, Mrs. Granger. Illustrated with bw drawings.