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Ann and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452109141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452109145
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,026,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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

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By KFrank on January 27, 2014
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I'll admit, I'm kind of a language nerd, so when I heard about this book I HAD to get it for my kids! (And maybe for me...) It's great!! There are a ton of anagrams both in the writing and in the illustrations, and the smart, quick, fun writing keeps both my 1 1/2 year old and my 4 year old engaged throughout! I would absolutely buy this book again - I've already recommended it to friends!
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Robert's grandma is teaching him about anagrams, or words and phrases where the letters can be mixed up to form different words and phrases. She says, "Anagrams are easy to SPOT, but hard to STOP." Those four letters can also create TOPS, POTS and POST. Robert (or Bert) says, "Her mixed-up WORDS hit me like a SWORD."

It's all part of the word play in Ann and Nan are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley. Multiple anagrams are on every page. For instance, Robert says, I FLED to a FIELD, which was QUITE QUIET. I watched a BUTTERFLY FLUTTER BY just BELOW my ELBOW. It's easy to spot the anagrams because they are in all caps, and parents and their kids will have fun rearranging the letters themselves to make sure each anagram works.

In addition to Robert's words, illustrations on each page often sneak a few anagrams in. For instance, Robert's teacher has written on the blackboard: Eleven Plus Two = Twelve Plus One. And he peers through a glass-window door where readers can see the words GOLD ROACHES GRADE SCHOOL, written in reverse. In all, over 100 anagrams can be found throughout the book.

The story is fun to follow along with, and it's a great stepping off point for kids who are learning to spell to create their own anagrams from other common words they know.

The publisher gave me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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