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Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts!

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Commas and apostrophes aren't the only punctuation marks that can cause big trouble if they're put in the wrong place. Now, Truss and Timmons put hyphens, parentheses, quotation marks, periods, and more in the spotlight, showing how which marks you choose and where you put them can cause hilarious mix-ups.

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 21st 2008 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Angela Galvin
Twenty-Odd Ducks by Lynne Truss is a story about punctuation marks. The story emphasizes the importance of punctuation. The book delivers the message regarding punctuation keeping words in group orders and sets the tone for the reader. The story has two pages with each containing a different meaning but the similar punctuation. For example, the page has a picture of a little boy sitting between his two parents, content. The wording states “These are Jack’s parents; who could be happier? “. The s ...more
Hyphens. Exclamation Marks. Periods. Question marks. Colons. Parentheses. Semi-Colons. Quotation marks. And yes, commas. Punctuation marks, make-all-the-difference, in the world when you read something? -OR- Punctuation marks make all the difference in the world when you read something. You get my drift.

Aimed at kids 8 and up, Lynne Truss takes an important piece of information and simplifies it so children can understand. And adults, too. She takes everyday thoughts and shows the importance of
Sarah Fletcher
I think some college kids and adults need to read this book as well. It teaches about punctuation and how it can change a sentence. On the left page, it has one form with a picture describing that, and on the right page, it has another rear form with a picture describing that one. For example:
Left page: The queen: without her, dinner is noisy.
Right page: The queen, without her dinner, is noisy.
Also, it has the different punctuation is in red.
Sep 12, 2008 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children and adults and grammar ninjas
I loved Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation and Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! (the children's version) by Lynne Truss, so this one was a hit as well. I loved the comic illustrations and format, but I would recommend it for older children and adults only. I found it somewhat difficult to explain the subtle nuances in the grammar to our girls (after all, they are only 3 and 5!), so we just enjoyed looking at the pictures toget ...more
Ashlynn Johnson
The pictures that went along with the sentences were my favorite part. If you didn't understand the sentence just by reading it, you could look at the pictures and understand how they are different.
This book helps you learn when you are to use certain punctuation marks and what they mean. It's a great explanatory book.
I enjoyed the introduction to this book, it poses a good questino. It explains how punctuation are used in a fun exciting way, I loved the comparisons at the end. The different punctuation with the same words can completely change the meaning of text. I loved it. Excellent teaching resource.
This book allows kids to learn about grammar in a comical and interesting way. I laughed at every page. It was so entertaining and very insightful on why grammar is important.
Mary Meldrum
I love the way this book teaches punctuation. Very fun and entertaining and pointed. Becareful how you punctuate. Make sure you are saying what you want to say.
A fun book for teaching kids the difference in the punctuation marks. Illustrations were cute that were partnered with it.
This was a fun little book that showed the difference simple punctuation can make in writing. I loved the illustrations too. Very fun!
Cute book to help students understand the importance and effect of punctuation.
Oh this was so cute. I think kids would get a kick out of it.
Blake Turner
Great children's book about punctuation.
This is a funny example on why punctuation is important. It shows you the different meanings that a sentence can carry if the punctuation is changed. I'd like this book in my collection.
You must read it out loud; so funny.
Great introduction to punctuation fun!
Really a great idea for a book! Each page opens up to the exact same sentence used twice only with different puctuation for each that completely changes the meaning of the sentence. And, although some of the examples were not the best, most were really great and very humorous. My kids loved it and definitely grasped the idea that punctuation does matter.
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Again, this was okay but lacks the punch of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the variety of punctuation types. It got especially lame with the ones where the punctuation is indicating inflection but could actually be read with the different meanings regardless of the . ? or ! I think it's definitely trying to hard and could have had funnier examples.
This book is a great book to explain punctuation marks and it's different usage. The book shows how the placement of the punctuation can change the meaning of a sentence. Also, with your students you can practice how to read with enthusiasm. This book is an easy read and I believe the students will enjoy the book.
Another cleverly done children's book by Lynne Trusse and Bonnie Timmons about punctuation! The examples and illustrations are colorful and fun, and I like the list of explanations in the back of the book too. Cute letter to the teacher in the back of this book as well.
Oh, how I love Lynne Truss. A companion book to the children's version of Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I think my favorite is this one:

"Do you know who came last night? Santa Claus," said my mom.

"Do you know who came last night?" Santa Claus said. "My mom."
Although the red-bearded pirates spread is confusing, the rest of this book is great for helping kids (and adults) understand the importance of proper punctuation, and how improperly-placed punctuation can completely change the meaning of a sentence.
found on a list of great picture books for kids, this book illustrates the power of puncutation and how it can change the meaning of the sentence. making things mean drastically different things. in a text on picture books for the classroom
This is a picture book that demonstrates the importance of punctuation. With just a change of punctuation, the meaning of a sentence can be altered completely! Cute pictures, and a less painful way to learn grammar. :)
The illustrations and text work together to show how punctuation marks can completely change the meaning of what is intended in a sentence. A fun way for youngsters to learn punctuation.
Great examples to show how punctuation affects the meaning of sentences. The letter at the end is terrific - either a love letter or a "Dear John" depending on how the punctuation is placed!
A nice children's introduction to the idea of how important punctuation is. It certainly got me and my 12-year-old literary son interested in reading her best-seller for adults.
Kena Kump
Very cute. A great way to teach punctuation to kids by showing different meanings for similar sentences. However, I felt the mediocre illustrations detracted from the cute idea.
Fariba Aadelvand
A very witty way of using punctuation and with many ex's. Illustrations are awesome. Great for comparison and discussion. Can be used over a long period of time
I did not enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It was still wonderfully written and illustrated and very useful in a middle school classroom.
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Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women's Journal ...more
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