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Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!: and Other Palindromes Paperback – April 1, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

Wacky cartoons elaborate upon LLAMA MALL, TAHITI HAT and other novel palindromes. All ages.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-- This small volume of palindromes--words, verses, or sentences that make sense (well, sort of) when read backwards and forward--is a collection of offbeat humor. Gifted and talented students might find it creatively challenging. Each of the 60 entries is augmented by a funny, literal black-and-white cartoon. A fun book for the right audience. --Valerie Childress, J. W. Holloway Middle School, Whitehouse, TX
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Reprint edition (April 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374444730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374444730
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: School & Library Binding
Palindromes. Hard to write, fun to read, especially in the expert hands of Jon Agee.
A palindrome is a word or phrase that is spelled the same way forwards or backwards, as in "Go hang a salami! I'm a lasagna hog!", which has to be one of the longest and most complicated palindromes in existence.
Mr. Agee has collected some fantastically fun and funny palindromes in this collection illustrated by the author. There is a picture of a lion on a sunny beach with a bottle of "lion oil" behind him. Winnie the Pooh is doing the hula hoop (it's "Pooh's hoop", of course!!). My personal favorite (and an exceptionally long palindrome) is of an inventor in a room full of switches, gadgets and wires. In the middle of the room sits a tiny box playing music. He exclaims, arms out, "I madam, I made a radio! So I dared! Am I mad, am I?!" Go ahead, spell it backwards...
In a world where good English skills are swiftly becoming a rarity and few folk seem interested in grammar or word games, Mr. Agee's book is a breath of fresh air. At times, the illustrations fit the palindromes so perfectly that you almost forget that these are special sentences that are quite difficult to create, and the read more like a comic strip.
Kudos to Mr. Agee for not only playing about with words to create Palindromes, but for publishing some for those struggling folk (like myself) who can't seem to come up with any of our own!! Readers may also want to check out his other book, "So Many Dynamos!"
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Format: Hardcover
this book is found in one of my local libraries and it helps me to get out of my adult depressions. I'm especially enamored of the guy in the Chinese Restaurant who's asked by the waiter, "Wonton?" and his reply is "Not now!"
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Both the text and drawings of this book will have you in stitches, and keep you wondering. While seemingly simplistic, the small phrases like "FLEX, ELF" accompanied by a drawing of a dwarf desperately trying to muster up to large cloned muscle men are absolutely hilarious. If you love words, language, and a sharp wit, this is the book for you. Truly one you will want to return to again.
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Both the text and drawings of this book will have you in stitches, and keep you wondering. While seemingly simplistic, the small phrases like "FLEX, ELF" accompanied by a drawing of a dwarf desperately trying to muster up to large cloned muscle men are absolutely hilarious. If you love words, language, and a sharp wit, this is the book for you. Truly one you will want to return to again.
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This was one of my favorite books as a child. Now that I have two children of my own I wanted to have a copy. As a teacher it's a very fun way to teach palindromes and see if your students can come up with one longer than the title of this book!
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Both the text and drawings of this book will have you in stitches, and keep you wondering. While seemingly simplistic, the small phrases like "FLEX, ELF" accompanied by a drawing of a dwarf desperately trying to muster up to large cloned muscle men are absolutely hilarious. If you love words, language, and a sharp wit, this is the book for you. Truly one you will want to return to again.
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Format: Paperback
I have loved this clever book of palindromes ever since I got in in elementary school about fifteen years ago. This hilarious book is chock-full of inventive palindromes, which are each accompanied by a great black-and-white drawing. One of my favorites shows a little girl in a karate outfit, standing next to her karate instructor. Her mom is there, as well. The palindrome says, "Amy? Must I jujitsu my Ma?"

Also, check out Jon Agee's latest book on word-play, Orangutan Tongs: Poems to Tangle Your Tongue.
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