Ann and Nan are Anagrams

Ann and Nan are Anagrams
Mark Shulman

Robert (or Bert) thought he had his hands full when his mom and dad were palindromes. But now, his Grandma Reagan is in anagram danger! In fact, his sisters, Ann and Nan, and almost every other thing in his world, have become anagrams. Can Robert (or Bert) figure out the answer to his word dilemma—or is he fated to live a scrambled life? In this zany follow-up to Mom and Dad Are Palindromes, Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley have crafted an impeccably clever and wonderfully wild ride through the drag meow of anagrams, er, make that word game, of anagrams. Sure to be a hit with teachers, it will have kids laughing and learning wherever they read it.

From Booklist

Although Ann and Nan are anagrams, it is their brother Robert (or Bert) who dashes from one anagram-laden place to another, trying to figure out how to fulfill his anagram-obsessed grandma’s request to fetch his aunt (she’s a nut), when no such person exists. (Spoiler: he brings her a tuna.) Concept outweighs story here, so that Robert can travel to places where the author and illustrator can cram in as many anagrams as possible. The result is that each page is bursting with ample anagrams—more that 101 total. Grandma’s pantry alone is rife with them (“Old Nose Noodles,” “Crew Robin Brown Rice”). Or how about when Robert walks down the street and encounters businesses such as the Posh Shop and Earth Heart? McCauley’s illustrations are in a retro-looking style, with pages awash in a palette limited to red, black, and shades of yellow and blue. Coloring within the letters and special fonts make the anagrams more apparent. It is anagram heaven indeed for those who relish such wordplay. Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos


"It is anagram heaven indeed for those who relish such wordplay."-Booklist

"This tale will surely spark fun wordplay."-Kirkus Reviews

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