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