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Exclamation Mark Hardcover – March 1, 2013

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I Wish You More
From Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age. Hardcover | Kindle book | See more for ages 3-5
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*Starred Review* From the dynamic team that brought you Duck! Rabbit! (2009) comes this introduction to the most exuberant punctuation mark of all: the exclamation point. At first, !, a round circle with a face, doesn’t like standing out in a crowd; in a line-up of seven smiling faces, which look like period marks, he’s the only one with a line above his head. ! tries clever ways to fit in (flipping himself upside down, thereby squashing his tail) and even thinks about running away, until he meets a formidable force: the question mark. After a barrage of questions from ? (“Do you like frogs? Can you hula-hoop?”), ! finds his voice and tells him to “STOP!” From there, !’s confidence begins to grow and, soon, there’s no stopping his unbridled joy. The spare, clever illustrations—all round, black-outlined punctuation marks with faces—are set on the kind of thick-lined paper kindergarteners use, and the overall design effect is lovely. The text is similarly simple, but a change in the size and color of the font signifies important moments. With the celebrating-your-strengths angle, fun grammar lesson, and many classroom tie-in possibilities, this picture book deserves a !!!. Grades K-3, --Ann Kelley

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"From the dynamic team that brought you Duck! Rabbit! (2009) comes this introduction to the most exuberant punctuation mark of all: the exclamation point. At first, !, a round circle with a face, doesn’t like standing out in a crowd; in a line-up of seven smiling faces, which look like period marks, he’s the only one with a line above his head. ! tries clever ways to fit in (flipping himself upside down, thereby squashing his tail) and even thinks about running away, until he meets a formidable force: the question mark. After a barrage of questions from ? (“Do you like frogs? Can you hula-hoop?”), ! finds his voice and tells him to “STOP!” From there, !’s confidence begins to grow and, soon, there’s no stopping his unbridled joy. The spare, clever illustrations—all round, black-outlined punctuation marks with faces—are set on thick lined-paper, the kind kindergarteners use, and the overall design effect is lovely. The text is similarly simple, but a change in the size and color of the font signifies important moments. With the
celebrating-your-strengths angle, fun grammar lesson, and many classroom tie-in possibilities, this picture book deserves a !!!."
— Ann Kelley, Booklist starred review


"Punctuation with pizzazz.

How does an exclamation mark learn his purpose? Pre-readers and readers alike will giggle and cheer to see the process. The setting is a warm yellowish beige background with a faint pulpy pattern and repeating horizontal lines with dotted lines halfway between them—penmanship paper. Each bold, black punctuation mark has a minimalist yet expressive face inside its circular dot. “He stood out,” explains the first page, as the titular protagonist looks on doubtfully. He tries hanging around with periods, but squishing his extension down into a spring doesn’t really work; even prostrate, “he just wasn’t like everyone else. Period.” (Hee! Rosenthal gleefully puns instead of naming any punctuation.) Mournful, “confused, flummoxed, and deflated,” the exclamation mark’s line tangles and flops. Then someone unexpected arrives. “Hello? Who are you?” queries the newbie, jovially pummeling the exclamation mark with 17 manic inquiries at once. “Stop!” screams the exclamation mark in enormous, bumpy-edged letters—and there’s his identity! The outburst’s anxious vibe dissipates immediately (and the question mark is undaunted by being yelled at). Finally, the protagonist has “[broken] free from a life sentence.” Snapping up usages that match his newfound personality, he zooms back to show the other punctuation marks. The zippy relationship between exclamation mark and question mark continues beyond the acknowledgements page." - Kirkus starred review

 
"Through a perfect pairing of clever design and tongue-in-cheek humor, Rosenthal and Lichtenheld effectively demonstrate the function of the exclamation mark (as well as the period and question mark) in this tale about a depressed punctuation mark that just doesn’t fit in. On an unadorned backdrop of lined paper, several periods and one exclamation mark are lined up in a row. Clearly, he stands out in a crowd. Like Elmer in David McKee’s classic tale, the exclamation mark struggles with his difference and tries to blend in. When the downcast punctuation meets a question mark who overwhelms him with inquiries, our hero finally finds his voice and tells the other to “Stop!” From there, he builds his confidence in making declarative statements and leaves the group “to make his mark.” Rosenthal shines in her play on words (“It was like he broke free from a life sentence”). Lichtenheld’s minimalist style is deceivingly simple; a curlicue or crumpled line, combined with an amazingly impressive circle with eyes and a mouth, is all that’s needed to convey emotion when the exclamation mark is “confused, flummoxed, and deflated.” This fun-to-read tale will find a ready home in language-arts lessons, reminding burgeoning elementary-age writers which punctuation personality belongs in which type of sentencewithout the tedium that accompanies traditional grammar lessons. This one is a must-have!!! School Library Journal starred review (Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MI)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 90L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545436796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545436793
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a student teacher working in second grade and was browsing the book fair today and fell in love with this book. I can see myself using this book with my future class to teach about punctuation and writing. So cute and a good lesson about how being different is not a bad thing. The pictures are simple and the text is perfect as it matches the punctuation marks on the page. Kids of all ages will love this book.
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I have an 8yo second grader and a 5yo pre-K'er. My little one knows, from reading Bob books, that a period can end a sentence and a question mark requires you to add inflection but he didn't really "get" what these marks represent. This book, quite literally, brings those punctuation marks to life. The period, question mark and exclamation mark (of course!) demonstrate what they can do and what makes them special and different. My son loves the illustrations in this book and he's flipped through it every night since we got it. My older child loves reading it to him too. I think it's even helped her appreciate the purpose and joy of punctuation. Who knew such a dry topic could be so playful! Three cheers!
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I am a 2nd grade teacher & purchased this book at my school's annual book fair! I love this book, what a wonderful way to teach skills on the exclamation mark! My class loves this book! I highly recommend this book to educators in the lower grades! It's such an adorable book & it's funny too!
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Purchased this book to read to my childrens classes for March is Reading month. The kids loved it! I read it to a Kindergarten and 2nd grade class. They all loved it and understood the heart of the story. Even my 4th grader loves it. It's short, sweet, funny and teaches the lesson of being happy with yourself! Great find!
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My 8 and 10 year old read this book together immediately after receiving it. WE LOVE IT!! As a teacher and mom, I appreciate the simple text, but that the author didn't shy away from great vocabulary (flummoxed, deflated). Additionally, it is super clever that once the question mark shows up, she speaks in nothing but QUESTIONS! This book begs for rereading so you can linger to notice the facial expressions of each period and the way the exclamation mark changes from the beginning to the end. Highly recommend for K-2 teachers who are trying to get the point across in terms of teaching varying types of punctuation marks. However, older students can also benefit from the way the author uses humor that younger kids will miss as well as to address those students who OVERUSE exclamation marks. I plan to do an author study of Amy Krouse Rosenthal next month to explore her other titles with my first graders.
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My 2.5 year old loves this book and the humor is amusing to me too. You have to read with a lot of emotion to really make it enjoyable. It's fairly short. I think it is most suitable for kids who understand punctuation or are curious in learning about it. We got this after my son started pointing out punctuation in books we were reading and this helps drive home what they do. I think the personification helps.
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This is one of my favorite read-aloud books of all time! The style is so engaging and a blast to read. While the punctuation element is there, this book is much more. It's about being true to yourself and appreciating differences. The pages look like primary lined paper too which is such a great detail! Amy Krouse Rosenthal ROCKS my classroom! I teach 1st and 2nd grade and my kids loved this! I recently read it to a large group of students in 1st - 6th grades and they all had high praise for Exclamation Mark!
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I bought this as a gift for a college level program that works with students with dyslexia. It was nice to get the hardcover book for such a nice price. The story is very graphic. It helps students understand the concept of punctuation more easily through a cute little story.
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