The Circus of Words

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Language skills will fly through the air with the greatest of ease as kids join in The Circus of Words. Children of all ages are delighted by anagrams, palindromes, acrostics, alliteration, riddles, and puns, yet few books on wordplay are addressed to middle-schoolers. This creative and challenging activity book shows kids how to juggle letters to become ringmasters of wordplay. “The Shrinking Spotlight” shows how larger words become smaller words when certain letters are removed. “Clown Cars” introduces the idea...

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Overview

Language skills will fly through the air with the greatest of ease as kids join in The Circus of Words. Children of all ages are delighted by anagrams, palindromes, acrostics, alliteration, riddles, and puns, yet few books on wordplay are addressed to middle-schoolers. This creative and challenging activity book shows kids how to juggle letters to become ringmasters of wordplay. “The Shrinking Spotlight” shows how larger words become smaller words when certain letters are removed. “Clown Cars” introduces the idea of words hiding within words, and “The Acro Bat” and “Silver Spoonerisms” show off letter clusters that change from one word to another. The whole bandwagon is here, enabling kids, who are natural language enthusiasts, to cavort through that endless entertainment, the English language.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The idea behind this book is a good one—a circus tent is filled with the quirky, eccentric sideshow of usage and convention (or lack thereof) that is the English language. Lederer uses the circus theme to introduce young readers to wordplay, anagrams, palindromes, words within words, and more. It's the sort of thing that Marvin Terban does with zest in It Figures! and other books. Alas, here the whole comes across as a bit labored—more didactic than diverting, more plodding than playful. Teachers might find the exercises of value. Sources and an index are included. 2001, Chicago Review Press, $12.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer:Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This complex book will work best for those who have already had some experience with anagrams, palindromes, and other such word forms. The exercises are challenging, with lots of examples that sometimes lack clarity. The use of the circus motif to link all these activities together seems forced at times, but the chapter "The Palindromedary" works well with the exercises tied to circus animals and actions. The simple, black-and-white drawings and old-fashioned circus pictorials are static and lend little life to the text. This is a book that, in spite of itself, offers a lot of fun and challenges.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556523809
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,387,440
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Lederer is one of the most distinguished letterers in the country. The author of many books on wordplay, including Anguished English, Get Thee to a Punnery, and Pun and Games. Dave Morice is a writer and illustrator whose books include Poetry Comics and Alphabet Avenue. He is a longtime columnist for Word Ways magazine.

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