SteigFEST 8: CDC?


Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1984
Ages: 6 and up
Themes: humorous books, word puzzles
Opening: C U N  10-S-E. (answer: See you in Tennessee)
Summary: (from my library catalog) Letters, numbers, and symbols are used to create the sounds of words and simple sentences which U R expected to figure out with the aid of illustrations.

I like this book because: I LOVE PUZZLES. Doesn’t everyone? The intended age level was 6-9, but that’s preposterous! I bet my gray-haired uncle would have enjoyed this too (okay, he went gray at 21, but I didn’t know him then). According to a contribution to THE ART OF WILLIAM STEIG by his daughter Maggie, Steig played a drawing game called ‘Five Lines’*, in which one person draws five random lines on paper and another adds to them, creating a face. Try it!


Resources/activities: read together with Steig’s first picture book from 1968: CDB!; have each student come up with one image and word puzzle, or let them work in teams. Play Five Lines*, mentioned above.

Today’s tidbit: From “Steig passed his father’s ideas about art and work on to his own children by encouraging them never to take nine-to-five jobs: his son Jeremy is a jazz flautist, daughter Lucy a painter, and Maggie an actress.”


18 thoughts on “SteigFEST 8: CDC?

  1. I’ve heard of this, Julie gal. Must order it. I know another book for reluctant readers rnewman504. Zompoemz by Catherine Johnson. Fantastic for reluctant readers. Julie, I finally got You’re Two from your bookstore. THE LAST signed copy. WHEW. It’s on its way. Zooming through space. I should have it the first of the week. YEAH! I meant to get by before this. But I had hospital stuff with my Christopher and NaNo. 30,000 words, woman! TOOT TOOT! (I feel I must toot my horn.) Huh, hug, hug! Will look into this book.

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  2. Oh My! My brain is fried just figuring out the puzzles on this page. Maybe because I just got off the phone with my phone company trying to add airtime to a different phone for two hours!!

    Will have to get this one for when I’m fresher in mind. First thing in morning. 🙂 (maybe,,,)

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