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Lidia Stanton is a psychologist/dyslexia specialist. She tutors primary and secondary age children with dyslexia. She is also the bestselling author of Tricky Spellings in Cartoons.
Suitable for Key Stage 2+ | I really liked the style of this book and the clear and punchy way the information was delivered. Having taught from years 2&3 who need to understand basic punctuation to years 7&8 who are tackling the more complex use of colons and adverbials I am always looking for varied and interesting ways to present the information. By its nature punctuation is a rather dull, dry topic, so anything new and fun is always a treat. In some places, the book reminded me of Eat, shoots and leaves. Another fun look at punctuation. There was lots here that would be really useful in the classroom and would work well on the white board. There were lots of examples here that would make great worksheets. There were also lots of fun pages that were easily accessible to parents and children and the clear answer guide and index, make it very user friendly. It is a great resource to dip into, as explained in the introduction, but I feel it would be more useful to a teacher than a parent. As despite answers and examples, some of the information would need a little extra padding out or explaining. Due to the nature of the jokes, which are a little similar and somewhat cheesy, I don’t think it is a recourse you should over use. I think a few groans from your students might be the result. That aside, humour is a great way of getting a point across and could well help children remember the rules. Perhaps a little like penicillin, it needs to be rationed. The layout is particularly appealing. I liked the use of the boxes for notes and introductions. The illustrations were particularly clear and helpful. I also loved the little snippets of history, such as lo in Latin meaning hurrah, the origin of the exclamation mark. I shall dine out on that one. It is definitely a resource I would be happy to dip into and would be very happy to have on a shelf in my classroom. It is certainly the liveliest punctuation book I have come across – a really unusual approach and definitely one that works.