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***C D C?

by William Steig

Reviewed October 9, 2003.
Farrar Straus Giroux, New York, 2003.  Originally published in 1984.  58 pages.
Available in hardcover on for $11.20.
Available at Sembach Library (J 793.73 STE).

C D C? is a puzzle book.  Each page has a picture and a phrase made up of letters and numbers or symbols.  When you speak the letters aloud, it comes out sounding like the phrase represented by the picture.  For example:  “U-G-N K-M 2 D C-T” shows a picture of a man with suitcases on a sidewalk.  It represents “Eugene came to the city.”

When I first looked through this book, I thought it was more for adults, since many of the words aren’t in a kid’s vocabulary, like “effigy” (F-E-G) or “tedium” (T-D-M).  I did bring it home, and when I saw my 9-year-old’s look of delight as he figured out the answers, I decided that it’s a kid’s book after all, but one that their parents can enjoy, too.

I did have to explain several of the words, but it provided some fun and expanded his vocabulary, so I’m very happy with this book.


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