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EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES by Lynne Truss

EATS, SHOOTS AND LEAVES

Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference

By Lynne Truss (Author) , Bonnie Timmons (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 10

Pub Date: July 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-399-24491-3
Publisher: Putnam

The title of this clever, creative commentary on commas is the same as the author’s bestselling grammatical guide for adults, but the concept here is quite different. The first two pages introduce the titular panda who eats (a sandwich), shoots (two arrows from his bow) and then leaves the scene, followed by an author’s note on the importance of the comma in written communication. In the following pages, each spread offers a pair of sentences differing by just one or two commas. For example, on one page, a school crossing guard and students illustrate “Slow, children crossing.” The facing page shows dawdling children on a bridge with the text, “Slow children crossing.” The witty sentences increase in complexity (and hilarity), augmented by sophisticated watercolor-and-ink illustrations with New Yorker flair. A final spread reprises the entire text with miniature illustrations and specific grammatical explanations. Elementary-school teachers will love this lighthearted but instructive effort, as will their students, who will never look at a comma again in quite the same way. (Nonfiction. 5-10)