Publishers Weekly (STARRED review)
"Sweet envisions Roget's work as a shadow box crammed with the wonders of the natural world, adorned with exuberant hand-lettered typography. Together with Bryant's sympathetic account, Sweet's gentle riot of images and words humanizes the man behind this ubiquitous reference work and demystifies the thesaurus itself."
Kirkus Reviews (STARRED review)
"Bryant's prose is bright and well-tuned for young readers. . . . Sweet tops herself — again! — visually reflecting Roget's wide range as a thinker and product of the Enlightenment. Injecting her watercolor palette with shots of teal, scarlet and fuchsia, Sweet embeds vintage bits (ledger paper, type drawers, botanical illustrations and more), creating a teeming, contemplative, playfully celebratory opus. In a word: marvelous!"
Booklist (STARRED review)
"In brilliant pages teeming with enthusiasm for language and learning, Bryant and Sweet joyfully celebrate curiosity, the love of knowledge, and the power of words."
School Library Journal (STARRED review)
"Those who have relied upon a thesaurus . . . will gain a greater appreciation for the reference tool in this beautifully designed picture book biography of its creator, Peter Roget. . . . Busy and exuberant, Sweet's charming watercolor illustrations, layered over collages of vintage images and fonts, capture Roget's passion for classification while also providing readers new opportunities for discovery. . . . Expertly researched and well written, Bryant's narrative not only details the creation of the thesaurus; it also conveys a sense of Roget the man. . . . An excellent illustrated biography."
The Horn Book (STARRED review)
"Apt language and ingenious imagery. . . . both decorous and warm."
New York Times
"Spirited portrait of the Swiss-born Victorian who found an ingenious way to help people say what they mean."
"Young readers will see that each page of this book, like each page of 'Roget's Thesaurus,' contains multitudes."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Encourages a sense of wonder. . . . Myriad visual temptations luring viewers into a fine browsing experience."
"From its busy end pages this lively book brings to life a creator and the words he was fascinated by."
"This treasure of a picture book biography traces the life of Peter Roget, the British physician who compiled `Roget's Thesaurus.' Lyrical text and excellent multi-media illustrations . . . explore Roget's lifelong love of lists and words."
Kiss the Book
"This picture book biography gets a high recommendation from this reader. . . . Essential."
School Library Monthly
"A fascinating look at a tool many of us take for granted."
Deakin Review of Children's Literature
"Although it is difficult to find the `right word' to describe this book, thanks to Peter Roget, it is much easier . . . exceptional, marvelous, superb, pleasing, or wonderful. . . . Highly Recommended: 4 out of 4 stars."
Midwest Book Review
"The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus is a fabulous illustrated junior biography, celebrating the richness and power of words, and the wonderful story of the man who organized and listed words to make them accessible to all who are literate."
Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews
"In this remarkable book Jen Bryant's lyrical text is paired with Melissa Sweet's wonderful multimedia artwork to give young readers a compelling story about a man whose book of words, and their meanings, is now a valuable tool used by writers of all kinds."