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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher Books Ltd; US ed edition (5 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753464209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753464205
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.7 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,369,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BooklistWritten with attitude as well as grammatical awareness, the first-person paragraphs are more readable than one might expect. . . . An informative and graphically bold addition to the grammar shelf.

School Library JournalPerky, first-person characterizations ("Straight up and down, I'm the party-hearty punctuation mark") combine with clear examples ("You're the best!") to form an effective and friendly guide. BooklistWritten with attitude as well as grammatical awareness, the first-person paragraphs are more readable than one might expect. . . . An informative and graphically bold addition to the grammar shelf.

Perky, first-person characterizations ("Straight up and down, I'm the party-hearty punctuation mark") combine with clear examples ("You're the best!") to form an effective and friendly guide.

Written with attitude as well as grammatical awareness, the first-person paragraphs are more readable than one might expect. . . . An informative and graphically bold addition to the grammar shelf.

Perky, first-person characterizations ("Straight up and down, I'm the party-hearty punctuation mark") combine with clear examples ("You're the best!") to form an effective and friendly guide. "School Library Journal"

Written with attitude as well as grammatical awareness, the first-person paragraphs are more readable than one might expect. . . . An informative and graphically bold addition to the grammar shelf. "Booklist""

About the Author

Artist and designer Simon Basher has fun playing in the world of contemporary character design. Inspired by a love of simple line work and a rich colour palette, his characters fill the gap between edgy Manga and the cuteness of Hello Kitty!


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Format: Paperback
Kingfisher/2010
Created by Basher : Written by Mary Budzik

Measuring in at c 17.5 cm square, I was initially surprised by the size compared to the others I have in the 'Basher' range, namely the neat 12.75 cm square:-

* Planet Earth
* Biology
* Physics
* The Periodic Table

and with half the number of pages, but, overall, I think that the content actually benefits from this format.

From the back cover:-

'Meet Exclamation Mark, a loud-mouthed guy who loves to bark out orders; the heavy duty Comma Cops, keeping the fast lane clear for Sentence's main idea; and awe-inspiring Hyphen, who conjures up brand-new expressions in the flick of a pen!

Get to grips with punctuation in Basher's unique one-stop guide to the building blocks of the English language. Packed with top tips and memorable characters, this is an essential book for every budding writer.
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Larger size than I was expecting - not pocket sized!
The explanations are useful and written in a fun way making them accessible to students.
The visuals are good and with the poster to display are a useful aid-memoir.
Eveything is broken down; commas for example are split into 8 groups - whilst each explantion is correct this may get confusing for some but for others gives the clarification required for a tricky area.
I also disagree with a couple points made in the explanations, with the Semi-colon for example, I find this book is sticking the the abosolute laws of punctuation and some of these have ben droppe in recent years.
Overall a comprehensive, fun way to aid the teaching and learning (including independant) of what, for some, is the minefield of punctuation.
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Kingfisher/2010
Created by Basher : Written by Mary Budzik

Measuring in at c 17.5 cm square, I was initially surprised by the size compared to the others I have in the 'Basher' range, namely the neat 12.75 cm square:-

* Planet Earth
* Biology
* Physics
* The Periodic Table

and with half the number of pages, but, overall, I think that the content actually benefits from this format.

From the back cover:-

'Meet Exclamation Mark, a loud-mouthed guy who loves to bark out orders; the heavy duty Comma Cops, keeping the fast lane clear for Sentence's main idea; and awe-inspiring Hyphen, who conjures up brand-new expressions in the flick of a pen!

Get to grips with punctuation in Basher's unique one-stop guide to the building blocks of the English language. Packed with top tips and memorable characters, this is an essential book for every budding writer.
Read more ›
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By H. B. Hosegoood TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 July 2010
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I was really impressed with this book, which I bought for my 11-year-old son. It has a great layout, giving a spread for each punctuation mark, apart from the comma which gets a whole chapter, with a spread for each use. On each spread is a jazzy picture on the right and a page of text on the left. The page of text starts with the title e.g. '() Parentheses' and then gives the chapter grouping, in this case 'Divide and Conquer'. After this there are some bullet points that describe the punctuation mark or tell you how it is used. For example, it says of parentheses 'Mainly used to fence off interruptions from the main sentence.' These points are useful if you can't remember what something is used for. Then there is some large-print text explaining the punctuation mark and at the bottom of the page are two or more dos and don'ts, e.g. 'DO use parentheses for non-essential information (such as a date) that explains, adds to or comments on the meaning of the main sentence.
The reason why I haven't given this book a full set of stars is because I think the writing is really for adults and young adults rather than for children. It would actually be a book I'd recommend for grown-ups who want to learn or refresh their grammar, although they might find the young style of the illustrations embarrassing. Alternatively it's for parents prepared to go through the book with their child(ren), which to be fair would probably be necessary anyway as let's be honest here, whose child would actually want to read a grammar book? As an example of what I mean, for Sentence one of the bullet points is 'A gaggle of words that makes total sense on its own.' I think the word 'gaggle' (the group word for geese) is great here, but it won't be accessible for any but the most educated child.
In summary I'd suggest you buy this book and put it in the bathroom so you can read an item each day. That way you can pretend it's for your child.
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