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The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage without Apostrophes! Hardcover – July 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247064
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 10.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bringing her proper-punctuation campaign to children for the second time, Truss follows up her best-selling 2006 picture book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Matter! (which shares its title with Truss' bestseller for adults) with this companion about apostrophes. Mishaps related to the flying comma (fancifully envisioned as a Good Punctuation Fairy . . . flitting above a page of words) are set forth in paired statements, with Timmons' lighthearted cartoons driving home the shift in meaning precipitated by missing or misplaced apostrophes. The strain of coming up with clever, illustration-friendly examples occasionally shows, but many of the 13 scenarios successfully find the sweet spot between kid-pleasing goofiness and perfect clarity of purpose: with one scenario's play on the two meanings of behind, one referring to a horse's rear end, kids won't soon forget the crucial distinction between its and it's. Endnotes provide brief technical explanations. Hide your red pens: if Truss and Timmons keep this up, the grammar police may have its youngest recruits yet. Mattson, Jennifer

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"'An amusing, colourful and educational book that helps children to get to grips with that all-important "little dot with a tail".' Observer 'Lynne Truss is taking primary schools to task in her battle for grammatical correctness.' Times Educational Supplement 'A hilarious illustrated version for children highlighting the confusion that can occur when a comma is put in the wrong place... Great for children and adults alike.' Bookseller" --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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I ordered this book to use in my 6th grade classroom.
Sheree Hall
This book will clearly help students differentiate when to use the apostrophe correctly.
Gail L. Hooker
This can be a hard thing for students to understand and this book makes it fun!
Sarah Weaver

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jordan Scott on July 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I knew this would be a children's book I would treasure for a long time when I read "The apostrophe is the most helpful of all punctuation marks."

My daughter and I read it over and over again, stressing the apostrophes usage - which Truss presents in an amusing and memorable way. In the back of the book, complete explanations are helpful as well. The illustrations are adorable.

It is the first time I have laughed with one of my children about punctuation!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sheree Hall on August 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book to use in my 6th grade classroom. The pictures show the meaning of similar sentences with and without apostrophes. Using this book brings humor to reinforcing correct punctuation in writing for students and adults alike. The book includes the rules used to know when and where to use apostrophes. This is truly a fun way to learn punctuation.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By salesgranny on August 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For those who love books written by Lynn Truss, this one is for you. The clear explanation of how to use apostrophes, along with the clever illustrations make this a book to share with children you love to read to.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. F. Soto-Schwartz on August 2, 2007
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This book is fantastic. My 6 1/2 year old loves it, as well as Truss's previous children's version of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. In my role as an English professor, I will use this book to help some college students who are apostrophe-challenged. The pictures do a terrific job of illustrating concepts that words alone seem not to convey to some people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Schall on December 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I teach Language Arts to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders (in the same classroom). They loved this book and often choose to read it on their own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Lynn Truss' THE GIRL'S LIKE SPAGHETTI: WHY YOU CAN'T MANAGE WITHOUT APOSTROPHES is an excellent grammar fun book which blends humor with pointed comments on how grammar can make a different in content. Examples of statements with and without apostrophes are presented in facing pages demonstrating how very different intentions can be with the wrong grammar choice. Many an adult will love this approach, also!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peter Winwood on August 6, 2007
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Having read and greatly valued Truss' first venture into punctuation books, this was a disappointment.
It may have been because the advertising was misleading or I didn't read it closely enough, but I didn't realise this was, in fact, a kid's book, not for adults.
The title is clear enough; it's about the use of apostrophes, (and indeed, nothing else).
As an introduction to punctuation for children NOT BEFORE TIME, it's great.
The examples of apostrophe misuse (and the vaguely amusing illustrations of them) are good and work well for anyone, but particularly for the 12-15 year old group.
I'd really like to see another Eats, Roots, and Leaves with all the fascinating real world examples of the misuse of punctuation. I hoped this was it; but it wasn't.
If you are keen on good written English (like me) you may want to get a copy for you school aged children.
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Ostensibly written for kids, it's just as meaningful and useful for adults. If I were a teacher, I'd make this mandatory reading, along with "Twenty-Odd Ducks".
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