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

illus. by Adam McCauley. 36p. Chronicle. Oct. 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4521-0914-5.
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

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