The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!by Lynne Truss, Bonnie Timmons
Just as the use of commas was hilariously demystified in Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!, now Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons put their talents together to do the same for apostrophes. Everyone needs to know where to put an apostrophe to make a word plural or possessive (Are those sticky things your brother's or your/i>
Just as the use of commas was hilariously demystified in Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!, now Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons put their talents together to do the same for apostrophes. Everyone needs to know where to put an apostrophe to make a word plural or possessive (Are those sticky things your brother's or your brothers?) and leaving one out of a contraction can give someone the completely wrong impression (Were here to help you).
Full of silly scenes that show how apostrophes make a difference, too, this is another picture book that will elicit bales of laughter and better punctuation from all who read it.
Truss and Timmons pair up again to deliver another humorous and educationally effective book about punctuation, this one dealing with the misuse of the apostrophe. In the same format as Eats, Shoots and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! (Putnam, 2006), this book presents readers with two identical sentences whose meaning changes with the simple placement of the apostrophe. The plural versus the possessive is depicted through lively cartoons illustrating the sentences. Truss again manages to keep her lessons funny and full of kid appeal with examples such as, "Those smelly things are my brother's" and "those smelly things are my brothers." Just as in the earlier title, endnotes give detailed explanations of all of the sentences, describing how their meaning is strongly influenced by the almighty apostrophe. Pair this fun and interactive book with similarly themed titles by Brian Cleary or Ruth Heller. Wordplay or "grammarplay" at its finest.
Jennifer CoganCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.
BONNIE TIMMONS is best known for inspiring and creating images for the television show Caroline in the City and illustrating numerous national ad campaigns.
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