Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Exclamation Mark (2013)

Exclamation Mark. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2013. Scholastic. 56 pages.

Exclamation Mark is a fun, playful lesson on being yourself as well as a lesson on punctuation. The hero, the star, is an exclamation mark who doesn't feel comfortable in any situation. He tries to hang out with the periods, but he almost always sticks out--showing everyone just how different he is. Oh, he makes an effort, time and time again to fit in and not draw attention to himself in any way. But. The more he tries, the more he struggles, the more frustrated he gets. One day, this exclamation mark meets a question mark. EVERYTHING changes. It starts with a little, "Hello?" and then proceeds to,

 "Who are you? What grade are you in? What's your favorite color? Do you like frogs? What's your favorite ice cream? When's your birthday? Know any good jokes? Do you wanna race to the corner?"
 The question mark goes on and on and on and on with dozens of questions. Finally, the exclamation mark finds his purpose, finds his voice! True, his first time to use his voice was a little loud, perhaps even a little rude, but he's just as surprised and shocked as anyone. Little by little, he finds his true voice and purpose. And life is good...

I enjoyed this one!!!

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Suko said...

This book sounds clever!