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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  3,329 ratings  ·  557 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
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Hardcover, 56 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Tasha
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
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Becky
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
Erica
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
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Jamie A. Swenson
Mar 21, 2013 Jamie A. Swenson rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Mary Ann
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.
Michelle
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
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
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
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Ekassel
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
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Janae
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.
Jason Sharp
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
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Yumi Webster
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
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Kristy
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.
babyhippoface
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
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Barbara
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
So clever and the perfect kind of nerdy for an English teacher's daughter.
Rhonda
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
Liana Cornell
This story is one that can be used in the classroom often. I loved the message that this book gave to the reader. It can definitely be used for older students. Since it is a concept book, I think it would work best for the older students. This can be used to teach your students a lesson on being who you are. It can be used to show that everyone has differences, and that you should not be ashamed of those differences. It can also be tied to friendship. It can teach students that they need to supp ...more
Marilyn
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
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Myesha Jenkins
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
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Lauren
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
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Kelly
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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Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Believe me when I tell you how amazing this simple picture book is! I LOVE books that have hidden meanings, especially for younger readers. Exclamation Mark is one of those books. I found this on an Amazon Children's Book List. I thought it looked cute-- I did not read the summary-- and requested a copy from the library. As I sat down to read it with my young son, I knew it was going to be great. Most of the pages have simple illustrations and very few words... but there was something about the ...more
Amy Adams

I’m already a fan of Amy Krouse Rosental, after reading her “Little” series, including Little Hoot, Little Oink, and Little Pea. I selected this book because it is on the South Carolina Book Award Nominee List for Children’s Picture Book for 2014-2015.

This book is every bit as exciting and enticing as Rosenthal’s others! The text is minimal, but it’s full of exclamations, questions, and fun new words.

The illustrations, according to the book, “were rendered in ink and other exciting materials.”
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Rachael
Feb 06, 2014 Rachael added it
Shelves: caldecott-pick
I chose this book as my Caldecott choice because it conveyed an educational theme, social theme, and was humorous all at once. The fact that they illustrations were done so simply really adds to my decision. I think that a book that can convey a positive message through few words and pictures, really has hit the mark (no pun intended). Tom Lichtenheld did a wonderful job at personifying the different punctuation marks through giving them faces, and Amy Rosenthal added to them by giving them a vo ...more
Erica Karp
This book tells the story of an exclamation point that does not understand its purpose until a question mark shows it the way. It starts with the exclamation point feeling sad because it is with a group of periods and no matter what it does it does not fit in with them. Eventually a question mark shows up and starts asking the exclamation point a million questions. All it can do is ask questions and this frustrates the exclamation point. The exclamation point gets so frustrated that it shouts "S ...more
Jenny
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.
Clare Cannon
This book could be interpreted in different ways, depending on whether the focus is on 'accepting who you are, even if you are different to everyone else', or instead on 'finding what you are good at, even if your talent is different to everyone else's'. In the second interpretation, which is the one I like best, this is a story about not knowing your calling, and then finding what it is you're meant to do and doing it well.
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