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Grade 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
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"...effectively explaining a potentially boring subject through a bouncy rhyming text filled with puns and jokes that will appeal to kids." -- Kirkus Review

"A playful, rhyming text and cartoon art vividly explain adverbs and their functions." --Publisher's Weekly --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Words Are Categorical
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: First Avenue Editions (May 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575059193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575059198
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, now a 16-volume set with more than 2.4 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series and several single titles including The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry.

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By A Customer on March 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Can the topic of adverbs be colorful, interesting....dare I say it? Fun? Apparently Brian P. Cleary and his innovative cat-loving illustrator Brian Gable think so! Not only does Cleary explain this difficult part of speech to grade schoolers with a rhyming, lively verse, my college sophomore is not above consulting this WORDS ARE CATEGORICAL series for the lessons within. You've done it again, Brian and Brian!
Also recommended: A Mink, a fink, a skating rink: What is a Noun? Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb? Under, Over, By the Clover: What is a Preposition?
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These books are so good at helping kids learn the parts of speech. They give so many clear examples of sentences, with the specific part of speech in a different color so everyone will notice it. I used these in a classroom during english class and they all loved it. A+ to this book!
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These books both entertaining and educational. The illustrations are fabulous! We have nearly all of Brian Cleary's books. Not since Schoolhouse Rock has learning been this much fun!
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This book is a welcome addition to this collection. I use these books all the time to teach language. I also use the math ones whenever possible. They have silly illustrations and a cute rhyming format. I would definitely buy any books from this series!
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I use this series of books throughout the school year in third grade before jumping into the parts of speech. They are a fun and engaging way to start off a lesson.
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Cleary's "Words are CATegorical" series aims to teach young students the parts of speech; and language devices such as simile, and metaphor through humor, rhyme, creative story telling, and a zany group of animals.

The Adverb book takes on the rather expansive part of speech that seems to be found everywhere. Young elementary school students will enjoy the cast of wacky characters as they learn about adverbs. Throughout the Cleary grammar series, the format is the same. The definition is stated right off the bat, and then the story is simply one adverb example after another, with colored text to emphasize each adverb used. `Adverbs', does a fantastic job in breaking down what adverbs describe (when, how, where, how often, how much) in a sentence.

All in all, this book is a great instructional tool to get kids thinking, and to start grammar instruction off with interest and fun.
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This book is great. It is fun and has a Dr. Seuss type feel to it. It is great for reinforcing word types to children.
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By C. Kay on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Loved the illustrations & rhyming in the book. Kept the attention of my students.
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