A child receives an early introduction to the world of capital letters in this book. The concept is not as simple as it would seem. To tell an early reader that a capital letter is "an uppercase letter used at the beginning of sentences and proper nouns" assumes an understanding of basic grammar. However, this is exactly what the "Word Fun" series wants the young learner to do, grasp concepts of grammatical rules through child-centered examples. And it seems to work! The book presents the child with the many uses of capital letters through an illustrated story. From New York City to Austin, Texas, we follow Penny Pecksworth, Dr. Frank Furter, and Marty L. Mouse as they romp through their lives. A Channel 4 News interview, a TV viewer's letter, a Fourth of July parade, a birthday party, holiday celebrations, a theatrical event, an autobiography, and an article in Texas Times are all a part of the story. The many uses of capital letters are cleverly demonstrated along the way. Dr. Furter alone illustrates the use of capitalization in a number of ways: his title "Dr.," his statement "Eating breakfast . . .," his musical Pig in a Blanket, and his book From Runt to Rising Star. The illustrations, created with acrylics, appear to be layered with textured cutouts. The result is a pleasing and jovial look. The child is given a task at the end of the book to test his or her retention of lessons learned. A glossary, a list of references, and an index are provided. Reviewer: Carol Raker Collins, Ph.D.
When Trisha Speed Shaskan was a girl, she wanted to become a superhero. Her mother gave her a Wonder Woman costume. Her dad crafted her a tiara and bracelets out of metal to match. Trisha imagined she could fight evil, fly an invisible airplane, and get anyone to tell the truth. While she didn’t grow up to be Wonder Woman, she still uses her imagination to write stories and to teach creative writing.
Trisha has taught creative writing to children and adults for thirteen years. She has published 26 books for children, and more are forthcoming. She has an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Trisha currently lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Stephen, and their cat, Eartha, named after Eartha Kitt, famous for her role as Catwoman.
Sara Gray graduated with a BFA in illustration and design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She has worked as a freelance illustrator for Picture Window Books, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, and Minnesota Parent Magazine.
The Word Fun series that Sara worked on with Picture Window Books won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award and the American Graphic Design Award.
Sara currently works at Manhattan Toy Company as a product designer for Manhattan Toy's doll, plush, and puppet lines. Her illustrations also appear on Manhattan Toy's packaging for their Cirque du Soleil product line.