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Mom and Dad Are Palindromes

Mom and Dad Are Palindromes

Fall 2006 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Author: Mark Shulman
Illustrator: Adam McCauley
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 0-8118-4328-9
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Children don't often want to be singled out by their teachers, but this is just what happens when Bob learns that he—horror of horrors!—is, in fact, a palindrome. Soon Bob begins to spot these forward/backward verbal oddities everywhere-in his family, out on the street, even while running away on a ship (where the available jobs involve radar or the rotor). Bob's manic struggle to escape this bothersome label is both silly and clever, and his final “solution” to the dilemma is the book's punch line. Author Mark Shulman and illustrator Adam McCauley embed more than 101 palindromes in the text and pictures, making this wacky story a highly visual exercise in wordplay. McCauley's mixed media illustrations are as energetic as the storyline, full of bold colors and wild-eyed expressions. A fun read-aloud for children and parents (or teachers) to share.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2006 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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