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Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More about Adjectives

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One book is never enough to explore the wide range of amazing adjectives! The crazy cats deliver loads of additional examples to illustrate the potent power of adjectives to describe the wonderful world around us—and our incredible imaginations. Brian P. Cleary's playful verse and Brian Gable's comical cats turn traditional grammar lessons on end. Each adjective is printed in color for easy identification. Read this book aloud and share the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of ...

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Overview

One book is never enough to explore the wide range of amazing adjectives! The crazy cats deliver loads of additional examples to illustrate the potent power of adjectives to describe the wonderful world around us—and our incredible imaginations. Brian P. Cleary's playful verse and Brian Gable's comical cats turn traditional grammar lessons on end. Each adjective is printed in color for easy identification. Read this book aloud and share the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of words.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leslie Greaves Radloff
Cleary just keeps the fun coming, and the illustrations Gable uses only add to the quirkiness of the handling of the topic. Teachers and students will laugh out loud as they read the rhyming text. For teachers building libraries of books about words, such as the other Cleary titles and those by Ruth Heller, this volume provides painless absorption of the function of adjectives. For young readers, some of the jokes will have to be explained, but students in grades three through five will enjoy the humor. Reviewer: Leslie Greaves Radloff
School Library Journal

Gr 2-4
Like the previous books in the series, this one utilizes illustrations of funky-looking felines and colored text to illustrate a part of speech. All of the adjectives are printed in different colors so that young readers can identify them on their own. The language is rhythmic and rollicking: "Adjectives tell us when someone is serious, fearless or frightened or even delirious." This book could be used as a read-aloud in language units-the humor is entertaining enough to invite a few laughs from the students. The illustrations are colorful, silly, and bright. While Lynne Truss's Eats, Shoots and Leaves (2006) and Patricia T. O'Conner's Woe Is I, Jr. (2007, both Putnam) are fun for budding grammarians, Cleary's book is better designed for children who are just beginning to learn about the English language and aren't too concerned with all the technicalities and intricacies. It's less sophisticated but more user-friendly because it doesn't take itself seriously-kids will be too busy giggling at those crazy cats to realize they're learning.
—Laura LutzCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822567097
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Words Are Categorical Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 30
  • Sales rank: 1,420,550
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Math Is CATegorical ® series, the Adventures in Memory™ series, the Sounds Like Reading™ series, and the best-selling Words Are CATegorical ® series, including Stop and Go, Yes and No: What Is an Antonym?, How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?, and To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What Is a Verb? He is also the author of Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book, The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor, and Punctuation Station. In addition to his work as a children's author, Mr. Cleary has served as a tutor in an adult literacy program. His website is www.brianpcleary.com. Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the Words Are CATegorical ® books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical ® series. Mr. Gable lives with his children in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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  • Posted December 5, 2009

    Excellent series that every child must have

    It is amazing how this book can make learning fun!! The illustrations are fabulous and the wording is very fun. My boys really love all the books from this series. Even better, I enjoy reading them.

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