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Exclamation Mark

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,247 Ratings  ·  639 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 January 1st 2013)
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Mar 21, 2013 Tasha 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
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 badge
Becky Shaknovich
Mar 08, 2013 Becky Shaknovich 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 i ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Erica 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 yellin
Jamie A. Swenson
Mar 21, 2013 Jamie A. Swenson 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
Oct 09, 2015 Sandra 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
Jan 26, 2016 Selwa 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 ;)
Mary Ann
Jan 06, 2013 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 3rd, picture-books, humor, 1st, 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.
Carson Anderson
Oct 13, 2015 Carson Anderson 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 acceptin ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Michelle 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.
Scott Pagel
Dec 03, 2013 Scott Pagel 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 cle ...more
Brian Rock
Apr 15, 2013 Brian Rock 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 story
Feb 23, 2014 Ekassel added it
Shelves: 642-shelf
Age:1st-3rd Grade

Genre: Concept Book (Punctuation)

Summary: An exclamation mark doesn't fit in with the periods, but then he meets a question mark and learns his true abilities.

Curriculum Connection: This book is great at teaching the purpose of periods, exclamation, and question marks.

Personal Reaction: I thought this was a cute book that will really help kids remember the punctuation marks introduced.

Visual Appeal: The background is lined school paper, and the illustrations are simple, with
Jul 29, 2015 Janae rated it really liked it
This was a fun read. I was worried it would be too predictable, but when coupled with the illustrations (way to go, Tom!) it was very enjoyable. I didn't mind my kids asking for it once or twice a day until we took it back to the library.

It made me want to stop trying to be a misshapen period when I could be an awesome exclamation mark instead.
Jun 16, 2016 Agaughan68 rated it really liked it
I went to the library with my niece today. We checked out many picture books. I loved Little Pea by this author so I took this one. It is so clever and humorous. Reading it to children is enjoyable because adults will get the humor while the children just enjoy the whimsical story.
Jason Sharp
Sep 12, 2013 Jason Sharp 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 t
Yumi Webster
Mar 05, 2014 Yumi Webster 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
Nov 17, 2014 Kristy rated it it was amazing
Exclamation Mark is so clever! It is both educational and a great story. It would be prefect for teaching kids the difference between periods, exclamation marks, and question marks.
Feb 19, 2013 babyhippoface 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
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 wri ...more
Ashlee Draper Galyean
May 07, 2015 Ashlee Draper Galyean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, children
So clever and the perfect kind of nerdy for an English teacher's daughter.
Nov 14, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing
This book is about an exclamation mark that doesn't really fit in until he realizes with the help of a question mark, that he does not need to be like the others in order to be happy. Throughout the book the exclamation mark tries to run away after feeling different until he meets the question mark. This book helps teach kids that they can be themselves and that is perfectly fine, they do not need to try and act like someone else in order to feel accepted.

Activity : This is a great book to show
Oct 27, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing
A simple book written on primary-grade writing paper and so simply illustrated...this is Exclamation Mark!

The idea is tender and written for any age...really!! Very few of us want to stand out in a crowd. We try not to be different from others. We want to fit in with the gang. YET, we each are born with special talents and gifts. This is a simple story of Exclamation Mark that wants to fit in, yet it stands out in just about every position.

When Exclamation Mark is at its worst, it meets Question
Libby Stogdill
Exclamation Mark by Amy Rosenthal is a simple story about being different than everyone else and finding out that is perfectly okay. The main character in this story is an exclamation mark who tells the readers that he is sad because no matter what he does to himself, he is always going to be different and stick out. Then, one day the exclamation mark meets a question mark who is different just like him and it changes everything! The question mark loves how different and exciting the exclamation ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Rhonda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-selection
Even though the art is simple, it’s effective in its storytelling. The story itself is an inspiring and educational way to teach young children that it’s better to accept who you are, even if that means you feel like you stand out. I really enjoy the way that each page illustrates the internal conflict that the exclamation mark feels. Halfway through the book, the main character admits to feeling lost and confused, which is how many of us have felt at one time or another when we seemed to be “ou ...more
Mary Birky Collier
Opening: How many of you know what an exclamation mark is? How about a question mark? How many of you use them when you write? Now here’s something freaky to think about. . .what if an exclamation mark or a question mark could think? Or talk? Or feel badly about himself? This is what happens in the book Exclamation Mark when Exclamation Mark starts to feel like he is very different and all alone. . .until he meets Question Mark! Watch how the two of them show each other their differences and how ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Exclamation Mark is a sweet picture book about a punctuation symbol that cannot find his place in the grammar world. No matter what he does or where he goes he feels he is a misfit. He bends and contorts and tries to blend in like everyone else but to no avail. He is just too different from the others around him, causing him great anxiety, confusion and stress. Why? Why can't he be like everyone else and have purpose and meaning in his life?

He befriends the Question Mark who can only (you guess
Myesha Jenkins
Sep 17, 2014 Myesha Jenkins rated it it was amazing
Pair self-actualization with punctuation and you can't go wrong, right? Right!

I absolutely loved this coming of age story for the punctuation mark, exclamation mark, who doesn't quite fit in with his family full of periods. He sticks out--literally--except when he is sleeping. He tries to hide what makes him different but it just doesn't work. He even contemplates running away. Then out of nowhere this other strange looking thing appears--a question mark who knows its purpose--and starts asking
Opening: Are we all the same? What would it be like if we were all the same? If we all looked, acted, and sounded the same? (Stress sounded) This would make writing especially tough, right? Your personal narrative wouldn't sound like it was yours. It would be kind of boring. What is called when your writing sounds like you? (Voice)

Well, the book we are going to read today is called ! (Exclamation Mark). The author uses this idea of voice when she writes and gives a voice to each of her characte
Apr 09, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Exclamation Mark, written and illustrated by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Exclamation Mark, or !, tells the tale of the most exciting (and often overused) punctuation mark. All ! wanted to do was fit in, but, as the saying goes, "He was born to stand out." He tries everything he can to be like the marks around him, but nothing works.

One day, an encounter with a rather annoying question mark, makes this little exclamation m
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She divides her time.


Amy Krouse Rosenthal is a person who likes to make things.
Some things she likes to make include:

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