Ann and Nan Are Anagrams by Mark Shulman AND Chippy Chipmunk Winner!

20 Sep


We have a winner of the Chippy Chipmunk: Parties in the Garden!


Congratulations! I’ll email you to get your address!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I am a word nerd and I LOVE anagrams! 

annandnanAnn and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma Hardcover

By Mark Shulman

Illustrated by Adam McCauley

36 pages – ages 5+

Published by Chronicle Books on October 1, 2013

Theme/Topic – Words/Anagrams

Genre – Fiction

Opening and Synopsis – 

My name is Robert (or Bert). Please, don’t call me Bob.

That’s a whole other story.

Word problems run in my family.”

Robert (or Bert) thought that his Grandma Reagan had lost her mind when she asks Robert (or Bert) to pick up an Aunt who is a nut. But, Robert (or Bert) doesn’t have an aunt. Robert (or Bert) realizes his Grandmother Reagan is in ANAGRAM DANGER! His Mom and Dad can’t help him, for they are Mod and Mad. Plus, his sisters Nan and Ann are also anagrams! Robert (or Bert) finds that his world is getting mixed up in Anagrams!

Why I liked this book – 

Like I said, I am a word nerd! I love word puzzles and this book  is a great introduction to anagrams for kids! The anagrams in the book are easy to pick out because they are highlighted in different colors or different fonts (the different colors and fonts also make the book fun to look at and read). Mark Shulman is a master of word play because he can write a whole story packed with anagrams! The illustrations are done in bright colors that are great to look at.

Activities and Resources –

This book is a follow up to “Mom and Dad are Palindromes” which I am getting to read!


Word Smith has an online anagram creator. Click HERE to get to it.

It would be fun to just have kids try to write anagrams of their names.

Erik Seth Weibel –

Thee Kiwi Rebels

Bike Tire Wheels


To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!


Before you go – if you get a chance, visit S.W. Lothian’s (What Lions) (author of the awesome books in the Quest series!) blog HERE for his review of my book – The Adventures of Tomato and Pea! Check it out! It’s the last day of my blog tour! 😀

Thank you, everyone, for following along, and a special thanks to those people who participated. THANK YOU!!!


51 Responses to “Ann and Nan Are Anagrams by Mark Shulman AND Chippy Chipmunk Winner!”

  1. lionelsnod September 20, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    Sounds like a cool book. I really like the idea of different colors and fonts. I will have to check out the anagram creator, how neat!

    Paul R. Hewlett


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      Thank you Mr. Paul R Hewlett… or should I call you Mr. Tall Where Put? 😉


  2. Angela Brown September 20, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Oh anagrams, how they give my brain the funny giggles when I see them and get to figuring them out. And thanks so much! I’m humbled to win. Can’t wait to read Chippy 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      YAY for you Ms. Brown! I hope you like the Chippy book! Anagrams are a lot of fun!


  3. clarbojahn September 20, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    This book sounds hilarious! Just so funny. 🙂 I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    I got and read your book. I Loved it. So good. Hopefully I can write a review for Amazon this weekend. Thanks so much, Erik, for writing it. I am sending one copy to my grandson. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Bowman-Jahn! I am so happy you liked my book! 🙂
      I hope you get this picture book! It is a lot of fun!


  4. Wendy Greenley September 20, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    Now you’ve gotten me wishing my name didn’t have so many similar letters in it! You’re not a word nerd, you’re an author, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Hmmm well the only thing I can come up with is Nerdy Weeny Leg… WE CAN BE NERDS TOGETHER!!! 😀


  5. Beth Stilborn September 20, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    This book looks like such fun! (I’m a word nerd, too.) I’m not sure I can come up with an anagram for my name. I’ll have to work on it.

    Congratulations to Ms. Brown! She’s the perfect person to win Chippy!


  6. julie rowan zoch September 20, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Must have more word play (read as a robot would talk please!). Must place book on hold. I thank you.


  7. Jarm Del Boccio September 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Very clever book, Erik. . .I enjoy words as well. Thanks for sharing this one!


  8. Genevieve Petrillo September 20, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    Your anagram names are awesome, E. That book sounds like fun. Makes me wish I could read….

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

      Thanks Cupcake or should I call you Ace Puck? 😉 and your mom is Reveille Pigeon Vet hee hee 😀


  9. Joanne Roberts September 20, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

    ‘Wish I were clever enough to come up with a snappy anagram comment. Thanks for the read and the inspiration. Congrats on your book!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm #

      🙂 Hmmm all I could come up with for your name is “Neat Job Snorer”
      but I got “I Inhabit Books, Mo” from Bookish Ambition 🙂 (whoever Mo is 😛 )


  10. Joanna September 20, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    I would so love all this word play!


  11. Kirsten Larson September 21, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    Ooooh, I love wordplay. Cooper loved MIRROR, MIRROR (reverso poems), and I think he’d adore this book. Thanks for the recommendation, Erik!


  12. Susanna Leonard Hill September 21, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    So perfect that Ms. Brown won Chippy for her Chipmunk! 🙂 Love your book choice! I’m a word nut too. In fact, one of my daughters is a palindrome 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

      Can I guess – Ana/Anna? 🙂
      Susanna Leonard Hill = A Sandal Online Hurls! 😀


  13. Patricia Tilton September 22, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    What a fun and great book choice for kids. And, you are really very good at anagrams. I would enjoy this too, because I like puzzles.

    Patricia Tilton – Tap Ron Cat Pi


  14. KidLitReviews September 23, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

    Eric, nice review squirt. I am doing that book this week! Ahhhh. Okay you win this one. I love words too. I love you new names. Best I could do is Sir Mouser and Muse or Sir, in which I’ll take Muse. Goofy word books! Love’Em 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks September 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

      Hmm – I Rose Rums! Kid Lit Reviews = Kiwi Dirt Elves *hee hee* 😆


      • KidLitReviews October 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

        I Rose Rums and Kiwi Dirt Elves “KDE”? That is good. You have this stuff down. Are you using an anagram machine or on your own? You are devilishly good at anagrams!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks October 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

        I, thank you! Aye, ’tis true! Eye can see! 😀


  15. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog September 23, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I am a word nerd, too! This books sounds like such fun. I like that it is not only a good book- but a great tool to help teach kids about anagrams. 🙂 Thanks for the introduction!


  16. readingwithrhythm September 25, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

    This looks like such a fun book!! You humans do some crazy things with words. I do good to catch sit or stay. Now today I get alliteration and anagrams! I don’t know how you would do an anagram from my name. Good luck with that! You are such a clever young man! I need to get this book! Thanks for all the fun!


  17. Myra GB September 30, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Like you, I really enjoy word puzzles, anagrams, word games and such. This looks like my kind of read, Erik. 🙂



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