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Exclamation Mark

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  5,496 ratings  ·  797 reviews
From the bestselling creators of Duck! Rabbit!, an exciting tale of self-discovery!

He stood out here.

He stood out there.

He tried everything to be more like them.

It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU.

Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink. Twist. Bend. Until -- ! -- a friend shows the
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published 2013)
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Sophia Triad
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We all have an inner exclamation mark.
The question is, how to find it...

The shy Exclamation Mark finds it's way and it is proud to be different.
This is a story of fitting in and at the same time standing out.

Excellent book. Although it is written for children, I highly recommend it also for any adult who believes that he/she somehow does not fit with the rest of the crowd.
Jon Nakapalau
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Julie Suzanne
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A dear friend who inspired me to go after my dream and become a school librarian gave this book to me as a gift; I found it on my computer in the library on my first day. It's a beautiful allegorical story about standing out and being a leader. I love the book, and its presence at my desk always reminds me of how much I appreciate this friend who has also been my coach and cheerleader.
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my goodness! This book! My 6yo picked it out for his Last Day of School Treat, because his kindergarten teacher had read it to them. I had never seen it before. After we bought it, the other kids read it to him, and said it was great, but I didn't pick it up myself until about a month ago, and I am in love! Such a darling way to explain punctuation, and at the same time it has a great message about just being yourself! Love this book!
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-to-the-kids
This is a cute and simple book that all ages will love. My not-yet reader liked looking at the story by herself and understanding it through the pictures before I read it. We talked about why the exclamation mark might feel sad being different (shown in facial expressions on the dot at the bottom) from the periods. He tries to fit in and eventually realizes his unique potential.
My older kids really like it and got the humor. "That book is really funny!" said the 9-year-old.
JoEllen Mccarthy
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from Mr. Schu. The amazing AKR- never disappoints. Her simple texts have powerful messages that speak to readers of all ages. This title is another example of a "must have" AKR book. I can not wait for the book to be released!
"We all have an inner Exclamtion mark..."
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
The creators of Duck! Rabbit! return with another book filled with bold but simple illustrations. This book is about an exclamation point that is just trying to be like every other very stable period around him. He tries everything to be the same, but it just doesn’t work. He meets a question mark who is also very different, but he’s really bothered by all of her questions. So he yells at her to stop! Then he tries out other exclamations, realizing that he’s suddenly discovered exactly what he’s ...more
Becky Shaknovich
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is very cute and clever. However, just as I have noticed with other Amy Krouse Rosenthal titles, children don't really "get" the humor. With this title in particular, because children are just learning how to read and write, they don't really understand the significance of the question mark, exclamation mark, and period. For that reason, the personifications of these punctuation marks are probably going to go over their heads. Children may still relate to the narrative of not fitting ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: preschool-lit
A great one about being yourself, even if what you are is different from the rest. Our preschool class adored this one.
Kathryn (Nine Pages)
I love the wordplay in this book. I think it might go over the heads of the young children who will be reading it, but it certainly made this English major/grammar fiend giggle, and I think that it will please parents too.

The story itself is a good story to be telling children. It is a story of a punctuation mark who feels like an outsider in a world of periods. He tries to fit in, but he just can't, and that upsets him. Then he meets another outsider: the question mark. The question mark
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Exclamation Mark knew from the beginning he was different from the Periods. He tried very hard to act like them, but no matter what, he always stood up. And that of course made him feel worse. But one day he met the talkative Question Mark. He asked so many questions Exclamation Mark felt dizzy. And he needed to SHOUT! At this moment it was clear to him all the potential he had inside. So many "Happy birthday!", "Congratulations!" and "Way to go!" have been trapped in his throat for so long. It
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-that-teach
This is one of the sweetest allegorical books you'll ever read, as well as a darn clever story.

Recommend to teachers in grades 2-8 for a brush-up on punctuation that brings a smile to your face. Kids even younger (and adults of all ages) who stand out in the crowd will enjoy it immensely.

Amy Krouse Rosenthal has long been one of my favorite authors, and this book cements her top-tier standing in my book. Read this, then go find as many of ther other books as you can. You'll be glad you did.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. I think it's delightful. Actually, I should say, "I think it's delightful!" There's a sad exclamation point, content periods, and a curious question mark and they all work together to figure out where they fit in the grand scheme of things.
There's some fun wordplay and that makes me happy. All the punctuations have cute little faces. It's quick and easy yet joyful.
I would totally read this out loud, especially because I'd get to yell a lot, and really, what's better than
Jamie Swenson
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: school-aged kids
Shelves: picture-books
LOVE!!!!! LOVE!!!! LOVE!!!! This is one of those brilliantly simple books that make you say "YES! FINALLY! A BOOK THAT UNDERSTANDS ME!!!! The plot: ! [exclamation mark] doesn't fit in with all the serious .... [periods] in his/her life. And then one fateful day! She meets! QUESTION MARK????? Who asks a ton of QUESTIONS?????!!!!!! Excellent! Just Excellent!! I would definitely (and will definitely) share this with school-aged kids -- they will enjoy the whole idea of the story, and get the joke. ...more
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I thought I was ! until ? arrived. I'm totally ?.

A lonely and confused exclamation mark, living in a world of periods, finds his place and purpose. The text is clean, crisp, and occasionally bold with ample white space. The illustrations, though minimal illustrations, are interesting and move the story forward. The book can be used to teach punctuation, synonyms, and embracing individuality.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
If I had a kid, I would definitely get this book for him or her.

I really appreciate the use of punctuation as a way to celebrate uniqueness, maybe because I'm a proofreader who is, if I may say so myself, quite unique ;)
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s
1.5 stars
Mary Ann
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, 1st, humor, picture-books, 2nd
Such fun, such great design and word play. I love that its accessible to young kids just figuring out reading and punctuation - but also fun for older kids who love puns.
Anastasia Hutson
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Exclamation Mark
Review by Anastasia Hutson
The book begins with an exclamation point surrounded by numerous period points. From the start this exclamation point new he was different, he tried everything he could to fit in with everyone else but nothing worked. He just wasn’t like the others. So he ran away, one day he bumps into a question mark. From there the questions go on and on about who he is and what he likes to do. The exclamation point couldn’t take it anymore and exclaims, “Stop!” with
Brian Rock
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a world of periods, exclamation mark really stood out.

And he didn’t like it one bit. He felt confused and befuddled. He didn’t fit in and he wasn’t sure how he could. Then one day he found the answers he sought from a new friend – question mark. She helped him find his purpose in life and he was free to express himself with gusto!

With sparse text and simple black and white line art (so simple I’m guessing at the gender of exclamation mark and question mark), Amy and Tom deliver a clever
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book Exclamation Mark is a book about an exclamation mark. He feels as though he does not fit in with all the periods, then a question mark comes along and asks many questions. Exclamation Mark is annoyed by this, so he yells and unlocks his true potential.

I was drawn to this book because it looked very unique. When I picked it up, I flipped through the pages and was intrigued by the illustration.

The plot of this book is a lost exclamation mark who sticks out and just wants to fit in.
Remi Thorn
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exclamation Mark is a book written by Amy Krouse and Tom Lichtenheld, this book has an underlying meaning of just because you’re not like everybody around you doesn’t mean you’re not something great. We’re all here to put our stamp on the world. It starts of with an exclamation mark in a world of periods, he was sad, hurting and in the dumps because he just couldn’t fit in no matter how hard he tried. One day he met a question mark –who definitely knew his job, questioning everything from ice ...more
Carson Anderson
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wow-books
Many children struggle with finding themselves and learning how to fit in as well as being proud to stand out. This book does a wonderful job at addressing these issues with children in a creative way. In the beginning the ! stands out among all of the other punctuation no matter how hard he tries to fit in. Then he runs into a ? who frustrates him enough to yell "STOP!" That is when he truly finds himself, regardless of the fact that he is different. The other punctuation marks are all ...more
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rosenthal and Lichtenheld have created another winner with Exclamation Mark. Books that address the subject of "fitting in" are popular and it isn't easy to emerge from the pack, but this book does. Exclamation Mark is used to hanging out with periods and although he looks a little bit like them, he doesn't really fit in and he considers his options. When he meets a funny looking mark that can't stop asking questions, Exclamation Mark finally finds his identity and his voice grows strong and ...more
Yumi Webster
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very simply illustrated story about an exclamation mark who just wants to fit in. With the help of another piece of punctuation, he learns that the things that make us different are the things that make us special.

I really loved the message in this book, that it is okay to be different, and that standing out isn't necessarily a bad thing. The clever word play makes it fun to read out loud (again and again), and the book's pacing combined with the illustrations make it captivating for
Jason Sharp
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An adorable picture book about an exclamation mark that feels like he doesn't belong amongst his period friends. It's not until he meets the chatty question mark that he realizes his true strengths (in yelling) and regains his pride.

The art is endearly simple and fits well with the brief simple story. This is a quick book that can easily be read to a young age group.

FYI: There is a small, cute scene at the every end that many many miss if they do not read past the copyright material. It marks
In a world of periods, the exclamation point stands out--and deservedly so! Despite his best efforts to fit in and conform with those around him, he just can't be like everyone else. When he meets an annoying question mark filled with plenty of questions, he is finally able to get in touch with his true nature. As is usual with this talented, witty team, the book is filled with clever word play and visual puns. The background employing the exact type of paper employed by students learning to ...more
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Exclamation mark stood out from everyone else. He was just different, period. He felt all alone until he met question mark, and her constant queries led him to discover his talent--exclaiming!

As we have come to expect from the fabulous team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, this book is a true winner. The text is clever, the illustrations (on elementary-style lined paper, no less) are expressive. Any classroom learning about the exclamation mark or punctuation in general will want to
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book because I like to be like others. I also enjoyed this book because I liked the part when Exclamation Mark made friends with Question Mark.
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“He went off to make his mark.”

A re-read of an old favorite that brought tears to my eyes to see the signatures of both authors: AKR & Tom Lichtenheld. May we always remember to make our marks.
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Amy Krouse Rosenthal was.
She divided her time.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal was a person who liked to make things.
Some things she liked to make include:

Children's books. (Little Pea, Spoon, DuckRabbit)
Grown-up books. (Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life)
Short films. (The Beckoning of Lovely, The Money Tree)
Guided journals. (The Belly Book)