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This week I received an email from the mother of two boys who love The Great Dictionary Caper. They were so excited, she wrote, to discover palindromes, and began to look for them everywhere.
Here are some palindromes at their family reunion (art by Eric Comstock):
I didn’t have space in The Great Dictionary Caper for the palindrome’s cousin, the semordnilap (yes, it’s very hard to pronounce or type). These are word pairs that are backwards spellings of one another. My favorites are evil/live (plus devil/lived) and stressed/desserts.
And of course there had to be an online semordnilap generator.
I am an author and folklorist based in Portland, Oregon.
Imagine That! How Dr. Seuss Wrote 'The Cat in the Hat"
(Random House, 2017). Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes.
*Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Kirkus.
The Great Dictionary Caper, illustrated by Eric Comstock (Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster, 2018)
**Starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist.
Wild About Books, illustrated by Marc Brown. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2004). New York Times Bestseller, ALA Notable Book, and winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.