As in Cleary’s Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know (2005), his latest title in the Words Are Categorical series shows the fun of words with light nonsense rhymes and color cartoons of animal characters that brag and boast, lie and deceive. Kids will chuckle as they read at home and in writing classes, however difficult or demanding the scenarios. With all the slapstick fun, the pages show and tell about shades of meaning and the importance of choosing just the right word. There are real differences between warm, hot, and steaming, and the choices make the story. The message is that the best words matter, and that paying careful attention to exactly what you say lets you speak and write with power. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman
Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical(tm) series, now a 13-volume set with more than 2 million copies in print. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical(tm) 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(tm) books, as well as the Make Me Laugh joke books and the Math Is CATegorical(tm) series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada, where he also works as a political cartoonist for the Globe and Mail newspaper.