Friday, May 19, 2006

The dePaola Code: Nana

We matched the release of our first dePaola Code to the theatrical release of The DaVinci Code. But instead of starting with Leo's Mona, we start with Tomie's Nana. Both of them!

Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs.

Tomie points us toward this particular code through his website, Of all his books, Mr. dePaola says that this is his favorite. So we can assume it also offers the most important code.

Ask yourself, Who is missing amid Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs? Answer: Nana in the Middle, of course. Rearrange those letters to reveal our first clue. Amend Ninth Ideal. And what is the ninth commandment we should ideally follow? Thou shalt not lie. But what if we can't stop lying? Good question! Read on...

Delete all the repeated words in Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs, thereby tightening the sentence...a key rule in writing for children (one Tomie would not break unless it was intentional!). We are left with Nana Upstairs and Down. Rearrange those letters for our second clue. Satan Unwinds Pandora. Spooky? We know. But what happens when Pandora is fully unwound? Good question! Read on...

Look closer at the only other words on the book's cover: the author/illustrator's name. By long-ago altering the spelling of his name, Mr. deP. thrusts attention upon it (and Tomie is a master wordsmith!). If we spell Tomie the traditional way--Tommy--and rearrange the letters in Tommy dePaola, we learn our third clue...and our destiny...which is best understood in light of all we have learned so far.

1. Amend Ninth Ideal (play loose with the truth)

2. Satan Unwinds Pandora (and all Hell breaks loose)

3. Playmate: Doom (so stop lying!!!)

Did we learn a simple truth today? Yes. But who holds the key to our future? Who holds the hope for our world? The children, of course. And there is no better way to teach children the importance of telling the truth than with a good story...told by a great storyteller.

Thank you, Tomie.

The world thanks you!

Stay tuned for our next installment of...The dePaola Code!


Anonymous said...

This is hilarious! But now I'm going to be up all night looking through my Tomie dePaola books for clues. I know they're in there.


P.S. I can't wait for the movie.

Anonymous said...

Creatabulous, you three! Have you cast the movie yet?

Judy E.

Disco Mermaids said...

The cast of the movie isn't set in stone, but Robin and Eve are pulling for Colin Farrell as Tomie dePaola.

And Jay thinks Scarlett Johansson would make a great Strega Nona!

Anonymous said...

You guys are awesome!

Mrs. Greene said...

This is great! The only problem is that dePaola is Catholic. For us, the ninth commandment is "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife." Thou shalt not lie is the eighth commandment.

Disco Mermaids said...

Veeeery interesting. So Tomie actually wrote this book for a much older audience. Even so, the consequences remain the same.

Thank you, Mrs. Greene, for correcting our conclusion.

P.S. Say hi to thy neighbor for us.