Do You Play With Your Words When You Read Them?

As you might have guessed from my blogpost “There Are Not Enough Words to Describe How Much I Love Wordless Books,” I love wordless books! However, I want to assure you that I love books with words as well. I love books with real words, made up words, unusual words, hidden words, puns, and poems in forward and reverse. Authors play with words in so many ways, and I love to play along with them!

Word Play ABC

Here is a list of books with all kinds of word play. There are books with playful puns, words within words, and words that transform by adding, removing, or changing one letter.  There are poems written in shapes, poems pulled from single words, and poems written in forward and reverse.

Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed From A Single Word

The Plan is a story told in single words, changing one letter in each word to alter the progression of the story. Lemonade is a clever book of poems where the words are pulled from the letters of the single word titles.  Mirror, Mirror and Follow, Follow contain fascinating ‘reverso’ poetry – poems that are written in forward and reverse.

I hope you find something here that you enjoy!  ~Toby

Mirror Mirror

The Plan

Where's the Baboon?

The Turn-around Upside-down Alphabet Book

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner

Take Away the A

Wet Cement

Follow Follow