Noah Webster always knew he was right [adj.: proper, correct], and he never got tired of saying so. Seasoned bio-graph-er [noun:Onewhowrites a historyofthelifeofaparticularperson], Jeri Chase Ferris, writes a fascinating nose-in-book account of the lex-i-con-ist [noun: writer of a lexicon], Noah Webster and his resistance to becoming another farmer in the family. Instead, he grew up to draft "the second Declaration of Independence": the first American Dictionary of the English Language. With Vincent X. Kirsch's quirk-y [adj.: full of quirks, tricky] and playful illustrations illuminating the text, this clever biography is sure to grab young wordsmiths' attention.