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The girl's like spaghetti : why, you can't manage without apostrophes! / by Lynne Truss ; illustrated by Bonnie Timmons.

By: Truss, Lynne.
Contributor(s): Timmons, Bonnie | Timmons, Bonnie [illustrator.] | TIMMONS, Bonnie illus.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Profile Books, 2007Description: [29] pages : color illustrations ; 19 x 28 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0399247068 (reinforced) :; 9780399247064 (reinforced) :; 9781861971685 (hbk.); 1861971680 (hbk.).Subject(s): English language -- Punctuation -- Juvenile literature | Apostrophe -- Juvenile literatureGenre/Form: Children's nonfiction.DDC classification: C428.2 A Junior Library Guild selectionSummary: See how using (or not using) an apostrophe can change the meaning of a sentence. Suggested level: junior, primary.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

A comanion to the best-seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves , this is punctuation play at its finest!

Just as the use of commas was hilariously demystified in Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! , now Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons put their talents together to do the same for apostrophes. Everyone needs to know where to put an apostrophe to make a word plural or possessive (Are those sticky things your brother's or your brothers?) and leaving one out of a contraction can give someone the completely wrong impression (Were here to help you).

Full of silly scenes that show how apostrophes make a difference, too, this is another picture book that will elicit bales of laughter and better punctuation from all who read it.

See how using (or not using) an apostrophe can change the meaning of a sentence. Suggested level: junior, primary.

A Junior Library Guild selection

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Publishers Weekly Review

Lynne Truss and Bonnie Timmons team up again for The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes, a companion to last year's kid-friendly adaptation of Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Grammar queen Truss focuses on another important and often misused punctuation mark, while Timmons's snarky illustrations demonstrate just how much this small piece of punctuation matters. (Putnam, $16.99 32p ages 6-up ISBN 9780-399-24706-4; July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Do the family pets like your father, or does your canine act like him? It's all in the apostrophe, as in "The dogs like my dad" or "The dog's like my dad." Comical watercolor cartoons are set on opposite pages to show punctuation-sensitive sentence pairs, all dependent on the apostrophe for meaning. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

"Bringing her proper-punctuation campaign to children for the second time, Truss follows up her best-selling 2006 picture book, Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Matter! (which shares its title with Truss' bestseller for adults) with this companion about apostrophes. Mishaps related to the flying comma (fancifully envisioned as a Good Punctuation Fairy . . . flitting above a page of words) are set forth in paired statements, with Timmons' lighthearted cartoons driving home the shift in meaning precipitated by missing or misplaced apostrophes. The strain of coming up with clever, illustration-friendly examples occasionally shows, but many of the 13 scenarios successfully find the sweet spot between kid-pleasing goofiness and perfect clarity of purpose: with one scenario's play on the two meanings of behind, one referring to a horse's rear end, kids won't soon forget the crucial distinction between its and it's. Endnotes provide brief technical explanations. Hide your red pens: if Truss and Timmons keep this up, the grammar police may have its youngest recruits yet."--"Mattson, Jennifer" Copyright 2007 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Truss follows up her hilarious guide to comma placement with a sequel focusing on the trickier concept of apostrophes. She begins with a two-page introduction explaining the use of the apostrophe in possessives, contractions and in the challenging choice of "its" vs. "it's." Each consecutive spread follows the simple but clever layout used in the preceding volume, using a minimum of text with large, appealing illustrations in Timmons's distinctive, understated style. The left-hand page shows a simple sentence or phrase without the use of the apostrophe, while the facing page adds an apostrophe that changes the meaning. For example, in "the dogs like my dad," several dogs cavort around a man with wild hair and a beard. In "the dog's like my dad," the hairy man is walking just one dog with similar red hair. Some sentence pairs are whimsical while others are laugh-out-loud funny, but the entire text is easy to understand through the charming watercolor-and-ink illustrations. The final spread shows each of the previous pages in miniature with short explanations of the grammatical terms and issues. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.