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