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New York Times Book News

Children's Books: 'Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree' by Naoko Stoop
In the third offering in the Red Knit Cap Girl picture-book series, the heroine and her animal friends create a library in an inviting tree.

Bruce Springsteen: By the Book
The musician and author of the new picture book “Outlaw Pete” likes reading about cosmology: “I find men and women struggling to answer the deepest questions we can ask freeing.”

Word of the Day


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for October 30, 2014 is:

collywobbles • \KAH-lee-wah-bulz\  • noun
: pain in the abdomen and especially in the stomach : bellyache

"It's no wonder you've got the collywobbles," said Ruth to her niece, "given the amount of Halloween candy you ate last night!"

"But even the hint of closing this cherished window into Detroit's past gives loyal museumgoers the collywobbles." — Joy Hakanson Colby, The Detroit News, December 30, 2005

Did you know?
We don't know who first clutched his or her tummy and called the affliction "collywobbles," but we do know the word's earliest print appearance dates from around 1823. We also know that the word probably came about through a process called "folk etymology." In that process, unusual words are transformed to make them look or sound like other, more familiar words. Collywobbles is believed to be a friendlier-sounding transformation of cholera morbus (the New Latin term for the disease cholera) that was influenced by the words colic and wobble.