Do you know how hard it is to write an entire book using only palindromes? I couldn't even figure out ONE that would work in this review.
Jon Agee's "palindrama" is a very fun adventure that follows Otto from home, to the beach, to the city and back, using only images and around 200(!) palindrome words and sentences. So creative and a must read (forwards and backwards).
This absurdly clever and funny graphic novel, told entirely in palindromes, is created by World Palindrome Champion Jon Agee, author of Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!
Otto is having a very palindramatic day. His pet, Pip, has gone missing, and his search for the dog leads him deeper and deeper into a strange and perplexing world--full of talking owls, stacks of cats, storms and mazes, boats and trains and automobiles . . . oh my! Everything seems to be the same backward and forward, and Pip isn't sure he'll ever find his way home to Mom and Pop. But you, reader, will enjoy his Oz-like journey thoroughly.
About the Author
Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of many acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner It's Only Stanley and the ALA Notable Books Little Santa, Terrific, Milo's Hat Trick, and The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, and a series of popular wordplay books including the IRA-CBC Children's Choice book of palindromes, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog! Jon grew up along the Hudson River in Nyack, New York, and went to college at the Cooper Union School of Art in New York City, where he studied painting and filmmaking. Now a full-time author, he lives in San Francisco with his wife, Audrey.
★ "The panjandrum of palindromes crafts and collects some 200 examples to drive a picaresque graphic tale that (of course!) ends where it began . . . A rare treat, backward and forward." —Kirkus, starred review
★ "Idiosyncratic-picture-book creator and consummate wordsmith Agee has crafted a surreal graphic novel . . . The book is immersive and impressively cogent . . . Simply put . . . WOW!" —Horn Book, starred review
"The concept fulfills its offbeat premise in sequences that gleefully underline the fun of a good palindrome, and the joy of finding wordplay wherever one looks—whether Otto’s visiting an art 'mueseum' ('Koons nook') or wandering through a cemetery ('Del was awled'), the results are supremely strange and funny." —Publishers Weekly
"Moving through various landscapes and offering endless details, Agee’s graphic novel is a feast for the eyes . . . Agee creates a sophisticated brand of wit and clever wordplay that will appeal to young humorists . . . Readers will be entranced by this dreamlike graphic novel that boasts a substantial collection of palindromes and an engaging visual narrative." —School Library Journal