The inside front cover describe Raczka’s concept as “part anagram, part rebus, part riddle.” He takes one word, like “ran” and lines the letters up to form the poem
RainIt feels a bit like the board game MadGab, where you have to sound out the words to figure out the real meaning. Often, it’s difficult to find where the word breaks are supposed to be! Kids who enjoy puzzles will enjoy lining up his letters and trying to read the puzzle-poems. The “answers,” that is, the puzzle written in full word form, is printed on the back page. The illustrations are whimsical and simple, painted entirely in black, grey, and red.
I think the greater value of the book, more so than just solving Raczka’s puzzles, lies in inspiring kids to create their own anagram single word poems. A great gift for puzzle-loving elementary school children!