Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference

Book review by
Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media
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Silly sentences keep kids laughing without pause.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that even kids with no interest in grammar are going to love this funny book. Clear examples show why a simple thing like comma placement can put a whole new spin on a sentence.

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Parent of a 10-year-old Written byetgdfdc September 20, 2010

a review

i love the book it is good to share with youre kids
Adult Written bykrzy April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazy4books January 26, 2012

Humorous comma book

This is a cute story and a great way to teach kids the importance of commas. This book shows the humorous misuse of commas. This book also contains amusing, e... Continue reading

What's the story?

Clever examples show the importance of correct comma placement.

Is it any good?

Even kids who are too young to have an interest in punctuation will like the funny pictures, like the woman who bounces right out of her seat on the page that reads, "Eat here and get gas." Readers who want a more detailed explanation can flip to the back where a handy chart explains how comma placement changes meaning.

Lynne Truss refocused her best-selling adult book, which shares the same main title, to make it accessible to young readers. Kids may walk away from this book understanding the important way a simple thing like a comma can make or break a sentence -- or they may just get a few good laughs. Truss alters a sentence, placing one version on a page and another version -- with different comma use -- on the opposite. page Commas are highlighted in red for quick identification, and the book's simple, silly drawings help kids figure out how the sentences have changed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their own silly samples of comma placement gone bad. Or they can go through other favorite books and try moving commas around to see what kinds of disastrous examples they can create.

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