Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really DO Make a Difference!
Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentenc...more
It is very hard to accept that commas are one of the most used and most ea...more
Review : I wish I had had this book when I was in 4th grade (I wish I had had this book when I was in 12th grade). But, I'll tell you what, I'm glad I found it now. It's really a wonderful reso...more
The book uses a lot of creative art to illustrate for kids how misplaced commas can affect the meaning of an entire sentence. The art may not be colored, but it is fu...more
However, I don't have the same love of punctuation. I have a tendency to throw in commas willy-nilly, hoping they're in the right pl...more
Very funny, a pleasant way of introducing (or refreshing your memory) punctuation, no wonder it became a bestseller. Did anybody happen to notice the ironic inconsistency and inaccuracies that Truss made?
Author: Lynne Truss
Reading Level: ages 5-9
Truss, Lynne (2006) Eats, Shoots, and Leaves New York: Putnam Juvenile
This book is about why punctuation matters. Naturally, when playing with commas, things can get funny quick. Children will get a kick out of this book, and adults could enjoy this tamer experience to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves as well.
This book would be a great tool for English lessons. Even though it's geared towards very young children, I feel this book could be...more
It was part of the juvenile fiction at our local library but mentally-challenged adults (like me!) can benefit from this book, too. It is easy to read and understand. Ms. Truss takes the same phrase or sentence and uses a comma with one and shows it without one on the second page. A picture is included to show you what a difference it makes. Lastly, there are two p...more
But the book is great, and also has the two-page summary of the contents of the book, which would work nicely as a poster for a c...more
It's basically a book attempting to continue the whole: "Let's eat, Grandma!" versus "Let's eat Grandma...." approach to pointing out the importance of punctuation with humor.
This book would be a really fun book to read to young writers. The illustrations make it really easy to understand the importance of proper comma placement.
Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons
This colorful picture book is a reading level of grades 4-7th who can use it to better understand the correct placement of commas, and other grammar specifics that will help them not only on current assignments, but in the future.
Reading level: 380L (lexile.com)
Main Characters: n/a
"Eats, Shoots and Leaves" is an adaption from the adult novel about grammar. In this version, students learn about commas through humorous situations, with illustrations to match. Each illustraion shows how the meaning of sentences change depending on where the comma is placed. For instance,
"Slow, children crossing." vs. "Slow children crossing"
"Go, get him doctors!" vs. "Go ge...more
Funny enough this book is perfect for high school Pre AP kids. How? It tackles that gnarly little concepts that trip up my students.What I like to do with this book is use it as a warm up or intro to syntax along with other books from the same author. When students see the manipulation of grammar and words the idea of syntax becomes easier for them to understand as opposed to the strict...more