In a follow-up to Punctuation Takes a Vacation (which PW called an "entertaining tale-cum-grammar lesson"), Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day by Robin Pulver, illus. by Lynn Rowe Reed, Mr. Wright's class similarly lets nouns and verbs wreak havoc (e.g., " `Listen!' said a verb"; " `Window!' said a noun"). Thick, rainbow-bright brushstrokes bring the students, nouns and verbs to life. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Pulver and Reed introduced grammar in a playful way with Punctuation Takes a Vacation (Holiday House, 2003), and their instructional romp continues here with animated words that are brightly colored, boldly labeled, and packed with personality. Hunting for nouns and verbs is a daily routine in Mr. Wright's classroom. When the students go outside for Field Day, the envious words come to life, determined to have their own good time. Teams are formed; verbs stick with verbs and proper nouns, long nouns, and pronouns pair off, yet these exclusive groups prove ineffective. In order to have fun and to form sentences, they will have to mingle with new partners, an arrangement that proves so successful that the nouns and verbs have their own uproarious Field Day. The students return and discover that the words are in brand-new locations, resulting in mayhem that is reminiscent of that in Bill Martin, Jr.'s Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (S & S, 1989) and Laurie Keller's The Scrambled States of America (Holt, 1998). Humorous text bubbles enhance the lesson, along with a final page of supplementary exercises, tongue twisters, and a riddle. Just like the energetic verbs that strut across the pages, this book is "where the action is."-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
The creators of Punctuation Takes a Vacation (2003) sentence readers to a good time with this follow-up. Feeling left out after the children in Mr. Wright's class thunder outside for a Field Day, the nouns and verbs left in the classroom decide to organize events of their own. But having chosen like parts of speech for partners-"Glue, Markers and Tape stuck together. Shout wanted to be with Cheer. So did Chew and Eat."-it quickly becomes apparent that as opposing teams they can't actually do anything. Depicting the Nouns as objects and the Verbs as hyperactive v-shaped figures, Rowe creates a set of high-energy scenes, climaxing in a Tug of Words and other contests once the participants figure out that they'll work better mixed rather than matched. This playful introduction to words recalls Ruth Heller's Kites Sail High (1998) and Merry-Go-Round (1990) for liveliness, and closes with several simple exercises and games to get children into the act. (Picture book. 6-8)
Robin Pulver's writing career began in third grade and she hasn't stopped since. She has gone on to publish many books for children, including Punctuation Takes a Vacation, which School Library Journal praised as "clever . . . A lighthearted choice," in a starred review. She lives in upstate New York.
Lynn Rowe Reed is a freelance illustrator whose work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal. She is also the author of several books for children. She lives in Indiana.