Short review of Spooner or Later from The Border Mail, September 1992. The Spooner the Better
One man's handicap has turned into three other men's advantage with the launch of Penguin Books' "Spooner or Later". Authors Paul Jennings and Ted Greenwood and illustrator Terry Denton yesterday launched their children's book based on spoonerisms to coincide with the National Librarians Conference in Albury.
The term stems from the Rev. W.A. Spooner, an Oxford lecturer, known for jumbling his words. A spoonerism can slip out at any time turning a coherent sentence into nonsense. The trio has played on the mix-ups and turned them into word games for readers.
The idea for the book came about when Greenwood and Jennings were working at a children's literature house called Dromkeen at Riddells Creek in Victoria. While one group of children was taken through workshops in the building, another group was involved in outdoor activities involving spoonerisms. The game, a treasure hunt in spoonerisms, was to become the basis of the book.
Denton's credits include Australian Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award for "Felix and Alexander" in 1987. Greenwood has had 19 titles published and Jennings has sold more then one million copies of his books.
Taken from The Border Mail, September 1992