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Title:
Sit on a potato pan, Otis! : more palindromes
Author:
Agee, Jon.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 14 x 21 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780374318086
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Eegad, Agee! Not another palindrome book! Well-known author and illustrator Jon Agee has been playing with words again, and now a third collection of clever, absurd, and hilarious reversible phrases is the result. These palindromes and their accompanying cartoons will inspire laughs long after first sight. One may feel compelled to go through the book again backwards -- appropriately palindromically -- to revisit his or her favorites.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. The author/illustrator of Go Hang Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! (1992) and So Many Dynamos! (1994) has created another book of entertaining palindromes (words or phrases spelled the same way backwards or forwards). The wordplay is well done, but the cartoonlike line-and-gray-wash drawings are even better. The pictures not only make sense of what might sound like nonsense uninterpreted but they also bring out the hilarity in every crazy scene. For instance, the illustration the phrase "pumas liven evil Sam up" shows a gunslinger seated at a table across from two pumas, who make silly faces for his amusement. Even an old chestnut like "a man, a plan, a canal: Panama" gets an extended life here, becoming "a man, a plan, a cat, a bar, a cap, a mall, a ball, a map, a car, a bat, a canal: Panama." Palindrome fans come in all shapes, sizes, and ages; and this book draws no boundaries between beginners and connoisseurs. Display it in the library, and patrons will be chuckling over Agee's verbal and visual art before they arrive at the circulation desk. --Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Agee, whose previous palindromic volumes include Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! and So Many Dynamos!, makes another dizzying effort to exhaust the English-language palindrome supply. He provides animal lovers with the slogans "Revile liver!" and "Step on no pets," along with some horses who cheer, "Yahoo! Hay!" City dwellers certainly will relate to the exclamation, "Dog doo? Good God!" while slackers will sigh along with, "No panic, I nap on." Scrabble buffs might feel vexed by Agee's regular use of proper names ("Lee has a race car as a heel"; "Ed is loopy poolside") and brand names ("Naive was I ere I saw Evian"; "Lonely Tylenol"). Novices can get in on the fun with simpler samples like "Petite P" and "Tip it." Agee complements his palindromes with rough pen-and-ink sketches and gray wash on a white background; a spread of a prison-like stripe camouflage for "See referees?" takes the cake. He injects a note of mayhem with his liberal use of exclamation points and, judging by the volume's price, he gets the sales department in on the joke, too. Word-gamers are advised to proceed with caution into these verbal somersaults, which could ignite a serious compulsion to reverse spellings. Agee himself appears to be in an advanced stage of his self-imposed condition, considering his magnum opus: "A man, a plan, a cat, a bar, a cap, a mall, a ball, a map, a car, a bat, a canal: Panama." Don't say we didn't warn you! All ages. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-In this whimsical book of over 60 palindromes, Agee is obviously having a good time with the English language. As in Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! (1992) and So Many Dynamos! (1994, both Farrar), each page or double-page spread has a black-and-white pen-and-ink cartoon that illuminates the meaning of the occasionally nonsensical phrase. While some of the palindromes take a second look to decipher, most are clear and humorous. Forward/backward punch lines such as "LEE HAS A RACECAR AS A HEEL" and "WOE. MODIFY FIDO! MEOW!" will challenge readers. Like an older version of the "I Spy" series (Scholastic) or books full of optical illusions, this volume will invite observation, group participation, and discussion.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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