This amusing – and very sad – story tells the life of Zachariah Sprock – who is unable to speak until the age of 9. An extremely clumsy uncle visiting the family manages to knock over a dictionary which hits poor Zak on the head – and suddenly he can speak! But now he knows the complete dictionary – which alarms everyone. With brilliant illustrations by Mike Tingle, Chris Reeve has created a humorous, witty and sad poetic tale that will delight children – and their parents. Chris’s words and Mike’s pictures come together to enchant the reader and to puzzle and excite all at the same time.