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Words do matter as Stick and Stone demonstrate in warm, rhyming text even the youngest reader will understand. See more featured books. Read more about the author Beth Ferry and the illustrator Tom Lichtenheld.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • 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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A very cute and cleverly written story!
Christina Baker
The pictures are simple and the text is perfect as it matches the punctuation marks on the page.
Carla Logston
I read it to a Kindergarten and 2nd grade class.
Happily crazy mom

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Carla Logston on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Yo Rocky's Love on March 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Monica on February 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Happily crazy mom on March 13, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet J. Leitner on February 20, 2013
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This book is so very clever- good for all ages, including adults. Amy Krouse Rosenthal has done it again! Buy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Madigan McGillicuddy on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Can punctuation rules make for an exciting children's story? Yes! Yes they can!

Exclamation mark doesn't fit in with all the other periods... even though he tries, he simply stands out too much. Enter the question mark, whose inquisitive nature causes him to quickly strike up a friendship with exclamation mark. But, will exclamation finally get sick and tired of question marks constant questions?

Presented in a very simple format, with lined paper as a background, simple cherry wooden colored endpages, and varying typefaces, Lichtenheld's expressive smiley faces carry the story to a humorous conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Harrison on July 27, 2013
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This is a great, dual purpose book! You can use it to discuss fitting in and/or punctuation. I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2013
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It contains an important life lesson in a fun and beautifully illustrated package. Would definitely recommend to others that have kids.
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