- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807502553
- ISBN-13: 978-0807502556
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 11 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alfie the Apostrophe Hardcover – January 1, 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3–Alfie and other quirky little figures represent the contestants in the punctuation-mark talent show: periods and hyphens, commas, asterisks, and parentheses. They all do their things, including telling jokes and riddles (question marks) and cheerleading (exclamation points). Alfie, who has butterflies about performing onstage, does magic tricks, turning two words into contractions and demonstrating the use of the possessive. He brings down the house and is declared the show's shining star. Fanciful cartoon drawings capture the whimsy of this original, instructional story. However, children may miss some of the laughs, and, indeed, the point of the grammar lesson, if they haven't already been introduced to punctuation marks.–Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Gr. 1-3. When various young punctuation marks try out for a school talent show, director Mr. Asterisk clearly enjoys the question marks' jokes and riddles and the exclamation points' cheerleading acrobatics. He nearly overlooks quiet Alfie--until the little apostrophe sets up his magic act on stage. Alfie shows his mettle with a series of amazing tricks, making letters disappear and closing the gap between Dot and her doll. Donohue takes a basic plot and embellishes it with sly bits of punctuation-mark-based humor and even a bit of ancient history (the etymology of the word apostrophe). The eye-catching mixed-media illustrations feature bright, bold shapes and demonstrate a certain verve reminiscent of children's own artwork. Teachers will be quick to see classroom potential in this picture book, with its uncommon subject and energetic presentation. Carolyn Phelan
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