Monday, September 2, 2013

Boy Meets Dog: A Word Game Adventure, by Valerie Wyatt (illustrated by Dave Whamond)

Boy Meets Dog:
A Word Game Adventure
Author: Valerie Wyatt
Illustrator: Dave Whamond
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: August 1, 2013
Source: NetGalley and Edelweiss
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This fun book is a visual representation of Word Ladders, those word puzzles in which you change one word into another word by changing one letter at a time, with each change resulting in a new word. They were apparently invented by Lewis Carroll, who called them "Doublets." The book shows the word ladders one step at a time and illustrates the first word "becoming" the last word, like the boy becoming the toy or the dog becoming the cat (see below).

When my daughter Magda read this she said, "Now that we've read Boy Meets Dog can we read Girl Meets Cat? Is that a book?" I told her we could probably make a word ladder of "gal" into "cat." Here it is:


Then we spent the rest of the afternoon making more word ladders, like "Mom" into "Dad"--mom, mod, mad, dad--and "Mary" into "Mike" (her mom and dad's names)--mary, mare, make, mike.

Magda's favourite part: Making silly word puzzles.

My favourite part: Getting Magda to pay attention to the relationship between the letters in words and the things they describe. Yay!


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