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Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons

Written by Lidia Stanton

Illustrated by Sophie Kennedy

Key Stage 2 Reference Books

LoveReading View on Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons

A great resource to dip into; clear, punchy and fun.

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.

Rosie Watch

Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons Synopsis

This illustrated punctuation workbook supports students with dyslexia, ADHD or other specific learning difficulties to develop their punctuation skills via inquiry-based learning.

Using humour and fun cartoons to teach punctuation, the book encourages students to engage in active learning to make their own connections about punctuation rather than rote memorisation of rules. The jokes and unexpected punch lines also help make punctuation more fun and less intimidating. Using this workbook and inquiry-based learning the student gradually becomes proficient in generalising the specific rules they have learnt, detecting patterns from examples and inferring rules.

Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons complements school literacy programmes and helps equip students who learn differently with additional ways to remember tricky punctuation rules.

Tricky Punctuation in Cartoons Press Reviews

'This book is brilliant! A superb learning tool - engaging, humorous and thoughtfully constructed. The visuals are spot on and the text snappy and informative. Full of punctuation tips and easily accessible - this book will help all children grasp and consolidate much more than the basics of punctuation! Teachers will love this book.' - Dr. Gavin Reid, Independent Psychologist and Author

'"If tomatoes are a fruit, is ketchup technically a smoothie?" "To the guy who invented the zero: thanks for nothing." "Velcro - what a rip-off." A book to help any child or teen struggling with their commas and colons to learn about punctuation with a smile on their face. Some great ideas for 3D aids in here, too.' - Margaret Rooke, author of 'Dyslexia is my Superpower (Most of the Time), 'Creative, Successful, Dyslexic' and 'You Can Change the World'.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781787754027
Publication date: 21st May 2020
Author: Lidia Stanton
Illustrator: Sophie Kennedy
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Reference Books

About Lidia Stanton

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.  

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