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WordPlay Cafe: Cool Codes, Priceless Punzles & Phantastic Phonetic Phun (Williamson Kids Can! Series) Paperback – July 1, 2005
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This book is lush. Lush with wordplay. Lush with illustrations. The publisher, Williamson Books, put a lot of care and a lot of coin into this wonderful, refreshing splash of word games for children. Adults will love it, too. Such a presentation is the stuff wordplay dreams are made of! It reflects the high energy, creativity, and fun that author/illustrator Michael Kline put into it. The book begins with the "basic rules for the Wordplay Café." Then it discusses recipes for word games, each of which includes a short description of how to prepare the word game and a list of ingredients. There are many word games, each using a different form or approach to wordplay. Word Ways readers will be delighted to see the bouncy way the book casts a new, bright light on many familiar logological forms. Word Square Snack, Acrostic Appetizers, Palindrome Potluck-let's look for a moment at that last one. It begins with a definition of palindrome, and it includes several clear, basic examples, such as "A Toyota," "Tod sees Dot," " Step on no pets," and others. Then it suggests looking through the newspaper for palindromes, beginning with simple ones, such as "mom" and "pop." And then it shows the Recipe, which "serves 2 players," and it lists the ingredients. A section called Brain Candy gives the etymology and history of palindromes (Sotades is here). A section called Taste Test asks "Can you find two palindromes in the following poem?" and shows a 4-line poem. Wonderfully wild watercolor cartoons accompany the text. Some of the other sections/games include: Add a Gram of Anagrams, Homonym Grits, Jabberwock Soup Stock, Mirror Word Macaroni & Cheese, Synonym Rolls, Word Chain Casserole, Spoonerisms You Can Eat With a Fork, and many more. So git on in here! Have a seat at the counter. Take a bite. This book is delicious. De-lush-us. Yum! You'll be back for seconds, thirds, twentieths, and you'll want to bring your friends to dig your knives and forks into this delightful, brightlightful taste of just how far wordplay can go, whether you've got an empty stomach or a full brain! The world of words is a universe of wonder, and it's all here in The Wordplay Café. The kids'll love it more than McDonald's are Hardee's, and they won't bloat up in size, just in IQ.