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Mom and Dad Are Palindromes Hardcover – April 13, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (April 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811843289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811843287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4–Poor Bob! When his teacher discusses palindromes, he realizes that he is surrounded by them. He frantically tries to elude such words and phrases, but encounters more at every turn. In all, Shulman cleverly weaves over 101 palindromes into the text. They are set in a variety of fonts that differ in size, color, and shading to highlight their presence. However, they are also present on signs, as asides, etc., and so offer some challenges to finding them all. The mixed-media cartoon art amplifies the zany situation. Pair this book with Jon Agee's Palindromania! (Farrar, 2002) for an enjoyable lesson on wordplay.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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"In this tale of compulsive wordplay, flame-haired Bob (aka Robert Trebor) discovers palindromes and becomes possessed by language. He notices mirror-image words and phrases everywhere, and begins listing "My kayak. My race car. Otto, my pup .... I needed to tell Mom and Dad and...O no!" Realizing the literal truth of the book title, Bob rushes to inform his sister Anna: "You're all palindromes! Even Nan!" Anna, snacking on Doofy Food, cautions, "Level, Bob, level. You're being a kook!" Bob's apprehension increases in a way that's both funny and infectious. "It will get better, won't it now -" he reasons, unwittingly compounding the irony. Shulman (AA Is for Aardvark) and McCauley (My Friend Chicken) mimic the high anxiety of Scieszka and Smith's Math Curse, down to the speckly illustration style and playful display type. They emphasize the palindromes with old-fashioned, circus-like capital letters that suit the hyper mood perfectly; street signs, book titles and incidental background details further reveal the palindrome epidemic. Fans of Jon Agee's palindrome titles will want to check out this volume, which slyly promotes a catchy spelling game." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The joke builds nicely, and the illustrations are handsome." New York Times Book Review

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Linda Kissling on June 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Poor Bob is shocked to discover that he is a palindrome, and what is more, so is almost everyone in his family. No matter what he tries it seems he cannot escape them; there are palindromes everywhere. The cover promises more than 101 palindromes hidden in the book. Check out the palindromes embedded in the dedication by these two clever guys. Children (and adults) will have a great time finding them. Don't overlook the book titles on the shelves, the baby's gurgle, and the angry sound of the truck horn. The bold pictures underscore Bob's frantic feelings. A great book for teaching wordplay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Perry on January 9, 2007
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As a fourth grade teacher I purchased this book to use with my students. They absolutely loved it and found the book funny. After I read it to them they searched high and low for other words that were palindromes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Cooney on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great book for children interested in the words and vocabulary. I enjoyed it. I purchased it for my grand daughter age 4. Not sure she will appreciate it until she is older. My daughter really enjoyed it. Think it is a book adults can appreciate as well as children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Carey on May 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The palindromes are great. My husband and daughters enjoyed reading it together. And I know the lesson of palindromes will stick with my daughters between the book and the game we played with scrabble tiles letting them rearrange words to see for themselves in a tactile way.

As for whether to buy it or not, I'd rather check it out from the local library. The art was garish. I wouldn't be able to read this one over and over with the kids like I do with our favorites.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HUMMY on January 11, 2007
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This was a thoroughly delightful book which my 6-year old grandson enjoyed immensely particularly so since his grandfather's name is also a palindrome. It was humourous, clever and very educational.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry Weinberg on July 11, 2006
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I read this book to my niece and nephew and they wanted me to read it over again rather than switching to a new book. It passes the "Uncle test"!
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