exclamation mark

Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

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 made for. 

An immensely simple book, I really appreciated the occasional zing of puns that kept it from becoming stale.  The illustrations are done on lined paper giving the entire book a cheery aspect.  The message is not done heavy-handedly, rather it is delivered in a playful and light-hearted way. 

This will be welcomed in classrooms as a witty and jolly way to discuss punctuation.  Expect the exclamation mark kids in the class to find a kindred spirit!  Appropriate for ages 4-6.

Reviewed from copy received from Scholastic.