C D C ?

C D C ?

by William Steig
     
 

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To figure out William Steig's word puzzles you need merely read the letters, numbers, and symbols aloud. If at first the messages aren't clear, there are clever pictures accompanying each one to give you hints. Some are easy, some are hard, but all are a hilarious treat when the phrases are decoded.
Originally published in 1984 with black-and-white drawings, See more details below

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Overview

To figure out William Steig's word puzzles you need merely read the letters, numbers, and symbols aloud. If at first the messages aren't clear, there are clever pictures accompanying each one to give you hints. Some are easy, some are hard, but all are a hilarious treat when the phrases are decoded.
Originally published in 1984 with black-and-white drawings, C D C ? is given fresh life in this full-color edition painted by Mr. Steig. Also included is an answer key at the end.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two William Steig favorites lead the list of titles returning to bookshelves this fall. The pen-and-ink and watercolor master adds a colorful palette to his classic book of letter and number puzzles (originally published in 1984), C D C? Read the letter and number names and follow the picture clues to decode messages such as "C D C?" (See the sea?) or "N-E-1 4 10-S? N A Y-L" (Anyone for tennis? In a while). This new edition also adds an answer key at the end. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A new edition with colored pictures painted by William Steig gives fresh life to his original black-and-white-drawn word puzzle book. The newly appended answer key at the end doesn't hurt, either. The meaning of C D C? is fairly apparent, as is C U N 10-S-E. But what is one to make of S A R-D N-U-L? (Quick! Sneak a look at the key before the kids catch on!) Luckily, Steig's trademark sardonic sketches do offer clues. The short and long of it is that it's a pleasure to be bombarded once more with Steig's classic wordplay. The venerable and much beloved creator of many Newbery and Caldecott Honor Books had been illustrating for The New Yorker since 1930, but didn't take on the children's world till convinced to write his first word puzzle book, C D B! in 1968. The rest is history. His sense of humor is always urbane and witty, and his vocabulary choices—even in this truncated puzzle book—always push the barrier for young readers. This is a very good thing. May Mr. Steig continue to flourish and publish into the next century! 2003 (orig. 1984), Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages all.
— Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312380120
Publisher:
Square Fish
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
451,413
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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