Punctuation Books
by Lynn Truss



Eats, Shoots, and Leaves: Why, Commas Really DO Make a Difference

This exceptional teaching resource comically shows what can go wrong when commas are misused. Two identical sentences are presented side by side with different comma placement, showing how the meaning can be radically impacted. Powerful!

Interest Level:  Gr. 1-6             Grade Equivalent:  2.3                  Lexile:  380L

Below is a sample spread  from inside Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, to give you an idea of the illustration style and how each sentence written twice--once with and once without the comma, and how that influences the meaning. In this spread the left side says "What is this thing called, honey?" (showing a main quizzically pointing to a comma on the ground) and the right side says "What is this thing called honey?" (showing a man about to pour honey on himself.)


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The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!

This book is a hilarious look at what can go wrong when apostrophes are used incorrectly. It drives home how vital correct apostrophe usage is by showing how incorrect usage changes the intended meaning entirely--often with comic consequences.

Interest Level:    Grade 2-6  

Below is a sample spread from inside this book. In each spread, the same sentence is written on each page, but with different punctuation. The two sentences are then illustrated to show how different the meaning of the sentence becomes once the punctuation changes. In the example below, the left illustration is titled  "The giant kids' playground."  The right illustration is titled "The giant kid's playground."



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Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts

A follow-up to Truss's previous books, showing how careless application of punctuation can dramatically change meaning. Punctuation marks are printed in red to help them stand out. As with others in the series, a powerful tool for teaching punctuation.

Interest Level:   Grade 2 - 6

Below is a sample spread from inside Twenty Odd Ducks ---illustrating how two sentences written with slightly different punctuation  can mean very different things. In the first example, two parents drag a child off to his surprise, and are baffled by his protestations,  asking "Where do you think we're taking you? To the dungeon?"  In the second example, two medieval guards answer a (not shown) question from a condemned boy, stating "Where do you think? We're taking you to the dungeon."

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