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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250583
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.3 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 3–6—This follow-up to Eats, Shoots and Leaves (about the importance of commas) (2006) and The Girl's Like Spaghetti (about apostrophes) (2007, both Putnam) emphasizes the importance of punctuation in general. Truss again makes the case that careless application can dramatically change one's meaning. To prove her point, she provides contrasting examples of the same sentence, punctuated in different ways. Timmons's charming watercolors make the change in meaning clearer. In one example, a child gazes at a tower of presents obscuring a Christmas tree, and Truss writes, "'Do you know who came last night? Santa Claus,' said my mom." On the facing page, Santa addresses his elves-"'Do you know who came last night?' Santa Claus said. 'My mom.'" (Needless to say, no pile of presents accompanies the arrival of Santa's mom.) In each example, the pertinent punctuation marks are printed in red. An afterword provides additional explanation for each pair of examples. The references to royalty and Christian tradition point to the book's British origin, but Truss's examples should still be clear to North American students. Twenty-Odd Ducks will be most effective through guided reading in small groups, though savvy children may enjoy it as an amusing pleasure read.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Twenty-Odd Ducks will be most effective through guided reading in small groups, though savvy children may enjoy it as an amusing pleasure read. --School Library Journal

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Perfect for all classrooms, great gift for coworkers, even college students.
F. B. Craig
Even after using a permanant marker to blot out the entire page full of gore, she refuses to enjoy the rest of the book.
ang
This book is such a cute, engaging way to teach the importance of punctuation.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mama on November 19, 2008
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Awesome for all ages when trying to show how important punctuation and inflection are to meaning. I've used it with young elementary students and college students, too....ageless message!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. A. J. VINE VOICE on April 8, 2009
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This book is small, and will not completely teach your child the concepts alone. However, it is a great fun supplement and an easy read. It really helps them to "see" what the concepts mean. Cute pictures help the make a "boring" topic a little more fun and interesting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 5, 2009
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I bought this book, along with several others in the series, for use in homeschooling my daughter. The series is excellent to have around for spontaneous reading. It helps with identification of proper punctuation, while simultaneously helping children work out different word meanings. Great for elementary brain processes. I was very happy with all of this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. B. Craig on March 2, 2013
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Buy all of Lynne Truss's books. Seriously! Okay, I'm a grammar nerd, I admit it. I got Eats, Shoots and Leaves and just loved it. Then, I learned about her "picture books." These visually show the difference in meaning of a hyphen or period or other punctuation. You can look at pictures side by side--same sentence, different punctuation. Perfect for all classrooms, great gift for coworkers, even college students. Great for grammar lesson plans (have kids make and draw their own). Just remember that there are a few differences between English grammar rules in America and the UK.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sara Richardson on January 14, 2013
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I bought this book to visually teach the difference between using punctuation in certain spots. It does the trick, even in adult learning environments! Opposite pages illustrate visually the difference between using punctuation in certain spots, and though it's illustrated with cartoons, the humor makes it a universal tool. Great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Hollins on March 27, 2010
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I bought this, along with the apostrophe one, to use with my middle school students. It made teaching punctuation marks more interesting, and my students loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sara Davila on July 26, 2012
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I thought this book was cute, I read it first without my son, and then read it with him the next day. I think it shows the importance of punctuation in a fun way for kids. I admit the page with the king may not be to good for a three year old but its not a scary picture in my opinion it was funny and my 9 year old got a big kick out of it, thats probably his favorite page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott C Akers on October 6, 2013
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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 "The Girl's Like Spaghetti".
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