C D C ?

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 ...

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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.

Letters, numbers, and symbols are used to create the sounds of words and simple sentences which U R expected to figure out with the aid of illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Steig may have provided a new parlor game for the whole family.”—Publishers Weekly

 

“It’s altogether wonderful and funny, the drawings are vintage Steig, and it’s just right for everyone on your list, from Junior to Grandma.”—USA Today

 

“. . . the author/artist has created a flawless formula for laughter. . . . Adults as well as children will find the book frustrating, absurd, and addictive.”—The Dallas Morning News

 

“This companion volume to the ever-popular brainteaser CDB! is every bit as ingenious and twice as challenging as its predecessor.”—Booklist

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312380120
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 646,429
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig’s work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.

 

In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.

 

Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.

 

He died in Boston at the age of 95.

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