William Steig--The New Yorker cartoonist and revered creator of the Caldecott Medalist Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island, and dozens of other magnificent books--first wrote and illustrated the original, black-and-white edition of CDB! more than 30 years ago. Adding splashes of watercolor on larger, broader pages (and an answer key in the back!), Steig brings new life to his well-loved favorite. For the uninitiated, "C D B!" translates to "See the bee!" Other letter codes are more challenging, such as the boy leaning on a tree saying "I F-N N-E N-R-G" or a droopy decrepit man slouching in a chair labeled "O-L H." Once you get used to this abbreviated Steig-speak, all (or at least most) will become clear--"X" sometimes means "eggs," "D" is sometimes "the," and "S" can be "is" or "has," for example. Or, you can just read the letters out loud over and over until the proper phrase emerges plain as day. (The pictures help, too, of course!) Those who crave more wordplay will want to explore CDC? This book is nothing less than X-L-N, and no home where words are celebrated should be without it. (Ages 5 to 105) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The drawings are now in color, the pages are larger, and the once yellow background on the jacket is now sleek white, but the appeal of Steig's wordplay classic, first published 30 years ago, remains intact. The book's clever humor is still irresistible: "I M A U-M B-N," a boy patiently explains to his attentive dog. "U R N N-M-L." New generations will delight in puzzling out the letter-and-number messages, aided by the simple, thickly outlined drawings and an answer key. A worthy replacement for collections' battered original copies. Gillian Engberg --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Great children's book for any child who knows the alphabet or wants to learn. This book is a series of letters that make sentences. Brilliant. CDB. DBSABZB. See the bee. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Atlas
Fun and imaginative, CDB is a fantastic book for children (and adults). A classic and one of my favorite books to give as a gift.Published 1 month ago by Passion for Lit
Fun little book for my 'bumblebee' themed powder room. Received this from employees many years ago and have re-bought it for friends many times since.Published 1 month ago by diandee
I love these silly books by Steig. Good for adults as well as kids. Makes your "reading" mind work a little differently. Read morePublished 4 months ago by pam coon
I purchased this to replace one of my daughter's favorite books growing up. They were pleasantly surprised to see it resurface.Published 5 months ago by Babs