Ann and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma

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Robert (or Bert) thought he had his hands full when his mom and dad were palindromes. But now, his Grandma Reagan is in anagram danger! In fact, his sisters, Ann and Nan, and almost every other thing in his world, have become anagrams. Can Robert (or Bert) figure out the answer to his word dilemma—or is he fated to live a scrambled life? In this zany follow-up to Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley have crafted an impeccably clever and wonderfully wild ride through the drag meow of ...

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Overview

Robert (or Bert) thought he had his hands full when his mom and dad were palindromes. But now, his Grandma Reagan is in anagram danger! In fact, his sisters, Ann and Nan, and almost every other thing in his world, have become anagrams. Can Robert (or Bert) figure out the answer to his word dilemma—or is he fated to live a scrambled life? In this zany follow-up to Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley have crafted an impeccably clever and wonderfully wild ride through the drag meow of anagrams, er, make that word game, of anagrams. Sure to be a hit with teachers, it will have kids laughing and learning wherever they read it.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is anagram heaven indeed for those who relish such wordplay."-Booklist

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"This tale will surely spark fun wordplay."-Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 1–4—Nearly all of the text in this follow-up to Mom and Dad Are Palindromes (Chronicle, 2006) is composed of anagrams, making for a clever, if nonsensical, romp told entirely through wordplay. McCauley's detailed illustrations add to the fun-a grandmother's kitchen includes The Idle Deli Cookbook and a box of "Old Nose Noodles." With dynamic layouts on every page, the story is sure to invite rereadings. Different fonts set off the word puzzles throughout the book. For example, one page's text is designed to look like a needlepoint stitch. These visually complex fonts may present a challenge for some independent readers. The book will likely need an additional explanation of anagrams from an adult as they are only briefly defined.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
It is bad enough that Robert's Mom and Dad Are Palindromes (2006), but when he learns that his sisters are anagrams, it nearly sends him over the edge. To Shulman's credit, while presenting the "more than 101" (according to the jacket) different word, phrase or sentence pairs that have the same letters, he manages to create a plot with a problem for his hero to resolve: "Grandma Reagan is in Anagram Danger." The strategic use of distinct typographies for the wordplay and the mirroring of color for specific letters in selected pairs will help readers see just how true this and other statements are--literally. They will have a field day tracking the word puzzles, from the cross-stitched Neil Armstrong quote (and its re-phrased version) on the endpapers to the "Despaired dried peas" and "Old Nose noodles" in Grandma's pantry. McCauley's mixed-media compositions, rendered in primary colors, take inspiration from comic books, The Twilight Zone and pop art for a mid-20th-century aesthetic. The far-fetched and funny conclusion featuring a giant "tuna" is an appropriate match for the opening, in which grandma sends Robert to find his "aunt," but only the savviest of vocabulary aficionados will have seen it coming. Repeated readings reveal more playfulness, starting with the dedication. Although the complex form is challenging to imitate, this tale will surely spark fun wordplay; successful practitioners will fawn proudly. (Picture book. 6-10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452109145
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 808,447
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam McCauley has illustrated many books for children. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Mark Shulman is the author of several books for children, including Mom and Dad Are Palindromes. He lives in New York City.

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