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The Punctuation Station


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Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical(R), Math Is CATegorical(R), Food Is CATegorical(TM), and Animal Groups Are CATegorical(TM) series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joanne Lew Vriethoff has been illustrating since the age of four. She grew up in Los Angeles on her own from the age of 12. Life wasn't easy so art became her one true solace. Her love and passion for art and telling stories through art has given her the opportunity to illustrate some very fun books such as I'm Big, The Dancing Pancake, Summerhouse Time, Peace Baby, The Punctuation Station, and Do You Know Dewey? by Brian P. Cleary. She has published books with Dutch and U.S publishers. Currently she is living in Amsterdam with her two children and husband. Besides illustrating books, she loves photographing street art, traveling, reading to her kids and cycling along the Amsterdam canals in the middle of the night.


An amiable family of giraffes takes a train trip from Period Plaza Station to Punctuation Station. Along the way, they learn the grammatical rules governing the proper use of the period, comma, apostrophe, question mark, hyphen, exclamation point, and quotation marks. Each punctuation mark is displayed and labeled in colored print, accompanied by rhyming instructions on when and where it is used. The explanations are written in clear and simple language. 'The comma is a curly mark./It makes us pause a bit/before a word or phrase, you see./You separate with it.' To reinforce the lesson, the giraffes demonstrate the rule in their conversation, which appears in dialogue balloons. The illustrations also incorporate signs and posters showing the properly used punctuation marks. The vibrant art captures the energy of the bustling station crowded with a variety of cartoon animal travelers and the excitement of the train ride itself. A helpful glossary contains brief definitions and sample sentences. Pair this informative and entertaining title with Elsa Knight Bruno's poetic Punctuation Celebration (Holt, 2009).
--School Library Journal

-- "Journal"

Perky rhymes, animal characters, and a chaotic train-station setting provide an entertaining introduction to seven oft-used punctuation marks: periods, commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, question marks, hyphens, and exclamation points. Fully illustrated spreads discuss each mark in descriptive, rhyming text that covers its characteristics, while the drawings illustrate usage. For example, the spread about periods explains that they go 'at the end / of each abbreviation or each sentence that you've penned, ' and the accompanying pictures show animals holding up signs that show the definition, such as 'Ask us about our limo service.' The young audience will enjoy learning the concepts as they pore over the details in the cheerful, wittily detailed cartoon art. An appended 'Punctuation Information' section reiterates each mark's definition and visual symbol, and offers an illustrative sentence. Some terms may require clarification or previous knowledge (clause; contraction), but overall, this offers a fun entry point to the rules of punctuation.

-- "Journal"

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