From School Library Journal
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 Cityα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Although Ann and Nan are anagrams, it is their brother Robert (or Bert) who dashes from one anagram-laden place to another, trying to figure out how to fulfill his anagram-obsessed grandma’s request to fetch his aunt (she’s a nut), when no such person exists. (Spoiler: he brings her a tuna.) Concept outweighs story here, so that Robert can travel to places where the author and illustrator can cram in as many anagrams as possible. The result is that each page is bursting with ample anagrams—more that 101 total. Grandma’s pantry alone is rife with them (“Old Nose Noodles,” “Crew Robin Brown Rice”). Or how about when Robert walks down the street and encounters businesses such as the Posh Shop and Earth Heart? McCauley’s illustrations are in a retro-looking style, with pages awash in a palette limited to red, black, and shades of yellow and blue. Coloring within the letters and special fonts make the anagrams more apparent. It is anagram heaven indeed for those who relish such wordplay. Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos