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Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?
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Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?

by Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable (Illustrator)

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In this book, rhyming text and illustrations present numerous examples of adverbs and their functions. Words Are CATegorical.


In this book, rhyming text and illustrations present numerous examples of adverbs and their functions. Words Are CATegorical.

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Publishers Weekly
Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb? by Brian Cleary, illus. by Brian Gable, is the newest entry in the Words Are Categorical series. A playful rhyming text ("Adverbs tell us when and how./ Like, quickly do your homework, now") and cartoon art vividly explain adverbs and their functions. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Another of the author's rhyming romps through parts of speech, this book offers a nearly nonsensical look at the role of adverbs. Illustrated with colorful and daft felines and other creatures that have a suspicion of the manic energy of the Cat in the Hat, plus a befuddled walrus that is "Brilliantly burgundy, shockingly old," the text informs readers about adverbs of manner, frequency, description, place, time, and number. The words themselves are highlighted in colored print, with companion explanations: "Adverbs tell us when and how,/Like, quickly do your homework, now." The energy and sheer razzmatazz of the text and graphics will have young grammarians entranced. Pair Cleary's titles with Ruth Heller's titles, including Up, Up and Away: A Book about Adverbs (Grosset & Dunlap, 1991), for solid and engaging instruction in the basics of language.-Dona Ratterree, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Continuing with their successful Words Are Categorical series, Cleary and Gable (Under, Over, by the Clover: What Is a Preposition?, 2002, etc.) use humorous cats to illuminate another part of speech in this fifth entry in the series. Cleary has clearly got the formula down for effectively explaining a potentially boring subject through a bouncy rhyming text filled with puns and jokes that will appeal to kids. He manages to define adverbs and their multiple uses, provide a wide variety of examples in context, and even contrast the use of the adjective "good" versus the adverb "well" (with the obligatory pun about well being a deep subject). Gable’s cartoon-style cats are shown cavorting in sunglasses and hats, riding bikes and skateboards, or flying through the air in superhero style. Each page uses a different shade of background color in appealing hues that contrast with the colorful cats. The typeface is a jazzy style that suits the format well, with the many adverbs printed in a contrasting bright shade. Though targeting students in upper-elementary classrooms, this series will also be used by clever English teachers in junior high or high school or by ESL teachers. Ruth Heller’s stellar series on the parts of speech remains the gold standard on the subject, but more kids will connect with Cleary and Gable’s cool cats. (Nonfiction. 8+)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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Words Are Categorical Series
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Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.20(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical™ series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical™ series and the single titles Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry, Rhyme and PUNishment: Adventures in Wordplay, Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale, Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes: A Very Silly Alphabet Book and The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor. Mr. Cleary lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Brian Gable is the illustrator of several Words Are CATegorical™ books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical™ series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.

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