A few years ago, Robert Macfarlane, who’s something of a patron saint at Madison Books (see our review of 2019 book of the year Underland, now out in paperback) wrote The Lost Words, an ornate linguistic repository intended to preserve the lexicon of the natural world that’s literally being removed from dictionaries. Lavishly illustrated by Jackie Morris, it became a publishing phenomenon, inspiring artists, musicians, and teachers to adapt it for their own needs. The talented tandem is back with an even more gorgeous follow-up containing more art and incantations than its predecessor. The Lost Spells is a keepsake volume that will be treasured by readers of all ages.
—James Crossley, Madison Books, Seattle, WA