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The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage without Apostrophes! Hardcover – Jul 10 2007

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247064
  • Product Dimensions: 27.6 x 0.8 x 18.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,985 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bringing her proper-punctuation campaign to children for the second time, Truss follows up her best-selling 2006 picture book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Matter! (which shares its title with Truss' bestseller for adults) with this companion about apostrophes. Mishaps related to the flying comma (fancifully envisioned as a Good Punctuation Fairy . . . flitting above a page of words) are set forth in paired statements, with Timmons' lighthearted cartoons driving home the shift in meaning precipitated by missing or misplaced apostrophes. The strain of coming up with clever, illustration-friendly examples occasionally shows, but many of the 13 scenarios successfully find the sweet spot between kid-pleasing goofiness and perfect clarity of purpose: with one scenario's play on the two meanings of behind, one referring to a horse's rear end, kids won't soon forget the crucial distinction between its and it's. Endnotes provide brief technical explanations. Hide your red pens: if Truss and Timmons keep this up, the grammar police may have its youngest recruits yet. Mattson, Jennifer


"'An amusing, colourful and educational book that helps children to get to grips with that all-important "little dot with a tail".' Observer 'Lynne Truss is taking primary schools to task in her battle for grammatical correctness.' Times Educational Supplement 'A hilarious illustrated version for children highlighting the confusion that can occur when a comma is put in the wrong place... Great for children and adults alike.' Bookseller" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
While I have found E S and L to be a very useful book and read it at least once a year, I have difficulty retaining much of the information for any length of time. That is where this illustrated book and the two others in the set come in extremely handy. The author essentially presents the same information but with humorous cartoons which I find much easier to visualize in my cluttered head. Although this may appear to be a childrens book, the information is of value to anyone over the age of 10. The beauty is that I can read it to my very small children, who find the cartoons highly entertaining, and my older boy can also pick up on the punctuation differences at a slightly higher level. Finally I am finally able to consolidate my grammar rules through these childish but very clever cartoon illustrations. You don't need a child in your house to justify the purchase of these books!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
How to Get Children Interested in Grammar July 23 2007
By Julie Jordan Scott - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I knew this would be a children's book I would treasure for a long time when I read "The apostrophe is the most helpful of all punctuation marks."

My daughter and I read it over and over again, stressing the apostrophes usage - which Truss presents in an amusing and memorable way. In the back of the book, complete explanations are helpful as well. The illustrations are adorable.

It is the first time I have laughed with one of my children about punctuation!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The Girl's Like Spaghetti is great! Aug. 17 2007
By Shehall - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book to use in my 6th grade classroom. The pictures show the meaning of similar sentences with and without apostrophes. Using this book brings humor to reinforcing correct punctuation in writing for students and adults alike. The book includes the rules used to know when and where to use apostrophes. This is truly a fun way to learn punctuation.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
best explanation ever Aug. 2 2007
By M. F. Soto-Schwartz - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is fantastic. My 6 1/2 year old loves it, as well as Truss's previous children's version of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. In my role as an English professor, I will use this book to help some college students who are apostrophe-challenged. The pictures do a terrific job of illustrating concepts that words alone seem not to convey to some people.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun,factual and funny Aug. 10 2007
By salesgranny - Published on
Format: Hardcover
For those who love books written by Lynn Truss, this one is for you. The clear explanation of how to use apostrophes, along with the clever illustrations make this a book to share with children you love to read to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent grammar fun book Nov. 4 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Lynn Truss' THE GIRL'S LIKE SPAGHETTI: WHY YOU CAN'T MANAGE WITHOUT APOSTROPHES is an excellent grammar fun book which blends humor with pointed comments on how grammar can make a different in content. Examples of statements with and without apostrophes are presented in facing pages demonstrating how very different intentions can be with the wrong grammar choice. Many an adult will love this approach, also!