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Children's LiteratureWho knew punctuation could be such fun? Alfie, an apostrophe, wants to be in the punctuation-mark talent show, but how can he compete with pom-pom wielding exclamation points and jump roping parentheses? Even the director of the show, Mr. Asterisk, mistakes Alfie for a comma, and the quotation marks make fun of him. However, as the author points out, "Quotation marks were often filled with hot air." This clever book is both fun and educational. Did you know that "apostrophe" comes from the Greek word meaning "to turn away?" Alfie uses magic to turn away letters and teach us about contractions. He also shows us what can be achieved by persevering. Young children will love the colorful pictures and exuberant antics of periods, hyphens, and other dancing punctuation marks. Older children will appreciate a fun way to learn contractions (by magic!) and understand the witty double meanings in the text. Adults will enjoy being able to read this book many times and still chuckle. A must for any classroom and library and, indeed, your own bookshelf. 2006, Albert Whitman, Ages 4 up.