There are a few children’s authors that are staples in our home that my kids can practically recite every page from memory. William Stieg is definitely one. We love “Shrek”, “Dr. De Soto” “The Magic Bone”, and his fabulous book “CDC?”.
We have a chalkboard in our kitchen and each morning while the kids eat breakfast I like to take a page from “CDC?” and have the kids sort it out as they eat their breakfast. Luckily each page is never longer than ten letters!
This book is a letter, number and sometimes symbols code book with each character separated by hyphens. Each page has a watercolor illustrations to give a helpful hint in deciphering the puzzle presented on each page. If the pictures do not help you, you can read each letter phrase over and over again until it begins to make sense.
Page 39 has a bride and groom couple gazing into each other’s eyes with a caption below it that reads, “I-L B U-R-S 4-F-R N F-R” Upon first glance, it looks like gibberish, but if you are able to decode what Steig has so cleverly written out, the caption says, “I’ll be yours forever and ever!”.
That combination is one of the more difficult ones found in the book. Here is another one; “E-R I M !” The vivid watercolor accompanying it as a little boy behind the curtain! Can you guess what the word puzzle is?
Both my daughters, ages six and eight, delve right in to solving each puzzle in the morning and my older girl has come up with a few word codes on her own as well! Bonus! Unbeknownst to them, this gives me a few minutes of peace in the morning as I struggle to get breakfast together! If you love this book and solve all the puzzles in it, don’t worry! There is another one just like it. It is also by Steig and it is called “CDB?” Both books will have you rolling in laughter!