Lemony Snicket’s children’s book, 13 Words, is as advertised: a word book, long a literary staple. But this one’s told uproariously and irreverently, in true Snicket off-the-wall style. The lovely illustrations are by Maira Kalman of New Yorker fame. Children will learn the meanings of 13 words of incredible importance, including panache, goat, and despondent. And 13 Words also contains the words “ta-da” and spiffy, though not in the official vocabulary list. What a book!