In a companion to Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs (1988), Heller takes on a part of speech that is inherently somewhat...

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MANY LUSCIOUS LOLLIPOPS: A Book A bout Adjectives

In a companion to Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs (1988), Heller takes on a part of speech that is inherently somewhat more comprehensible to the audience suggested by her format, though its best audience is still somewhat older. In deftly phrased verse with adjectives appearing in caps (""and also it describes a place--MYSTERIOUS, STAR-SPANGLED, ASTEROIDAL outer space. . .""), she explores the diversity of these useful words ("". . .describes a thought, idea or emotion--PEACEFUL coexistence, a UNIVERSAL notion"") before going on to such concepts as predicate adjectives, possessives, and demonstratives; suffixes that create adjectives; and comparatives and superlatives. The brilliantly colored illustrations in this generoussized, square book are grand attention-grabbers that give the unabashedly technical terms real punch. Although it's a picture book, this will be of most use in the upper grades or even high schools--where Heller's clever wordplay can be fully appreciated and her pithy summaries could transform learning grammar from a chore to a delight.

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1989

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap/Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1989