Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld – Books for Kids to Read
Who knew that a book about punctuation could be so fun? This book reminds me a lot about Yo? Yes! in that it teaches inflection but this breaks down what each punctuation mark really represents and what makes each one different.
The book begins with an exclamation point that is mixed in with a bunch of periods and although he tries to fit in, he feels “confused, flummoxed and deflated.” He soon meets a question mark that quickly strikes up a friendship with him by asking him seventeen questions off the bat to get to know him better.
Overwhelmed by his new friend’s constant questions, the exclamation point makes himself heard in the only way that he subconsciously knows how. With a loud interjection of “STOP!”, he halts the barrage of questions from his new friend and surprises himself. Even though he is an exclamation point, he had not realized what made him special.
After discovering his talent, the exclamation point sets off to use his new found skills. This book really captivates my girls and my five year old enjoys reading this book independently. Hidden bonus message that the book contains? It is okay to be different and to be yourself!
If you see any of Krouse’s books or Lichtenheld’s books (ahem, Duck! Rabbit!) at the library or bookstore, check them out! They have often been referred to as the “Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire” of kid’s literature!