By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Synopsis from Scholastic Canada
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 way to endless possibilities. In this bold and highly visual book, an emphatic but misplaced exclamation point learns that being different can be very exciting! Period.
Kids don’t talk in statement sentences all the time. My youngest is learning how to translate the way she speaks into her writing through the use of punctuation. Exclamation Mark (the book) illustrates the use of an exclamation mark (the punctuation) when expressing your excitement in written word. Even the question mark makes an appearance in this story about a piece of punctuation trying to find its place in language.
And I do mean story. This isn’t a dry text book explaining the use of the exclamation point but rather a story following the exclamation mark’s journey of self discover. The use of primary lined paper as the background for the pages is a perfect fit and the punctuation is illustrated as characters, little faces, like what my kids tend to do in their own writing. Exclamation Mark is a fun book to share the excitement of language.