STOP DROPPING BREAD CRUMBS ON MY YACHT: The Silent ABC by Cynthia Maris Dantzic

STOP DROPPING BREAD CRUMBS ON MY YACHT: The Silent ABC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

I saw a sign. It said, 'What's gnu?' 'Who made that sign?' I said. 'Did you?' A gnome I know gnarled, passing by, 'A gnat gnawed that design, not I!'. . .The viscount, in his lisle stockings and chamois coat, walked down the aisle, til he was vis-a-vis the iroquois chief. . .So long pa! Au revoir! I'm off to borrow Worcestershire sauce and sarsaparilla for tomorrow."" What links these three nonsense passages together is that in the first all the silent g's, in the second the silent s's, and in the third the silent r's are in red, while the other letters are all black. In a few different styles of calligraphy Dantzic does the same for every letter of the alphabet -- one black, white or red page apiece (except that ""search the world over, wherever you may be; a silent V you never will see!""). It's a novel idea but, to our mind, not worth the considerable physical effort the reading requires.

Pub Date: Dec. 4th, 1974
Publisher: Prentice-Hall