Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Girl's Like Spaghetti by Lynne Truss

Published in 2007.
Subtitled Why, You Can't Manage Without Apostrophes!
I wasn't too successful getting Sugar Bear to read with me for the Read Together project (although he has been reading some Pokemon as well as a few science things on his own). I did pick up Lynne Truss' new children's book for us when I saw it at the library, though, because earlier this year we read Eats, Shoots & Leaves - which shows pictures of the differences in two sentences simply depending on the use of commas - and loved it.

This book does the same thing with apostrophes. I really enjoyed this sort of play with language when I was a child - and, by the way, I'm about half was through reading the grown-up version of Eat, Shoots & Leaves - and I'm glad that Sugar Bear enjoys it too.

His favorite set of sentences in this book:

Look, it's behind.
Children are watching a turtle race
and pointing to the turtle in the back of the pack.

Look, its behind.
Children are looking at some horses,
one of which is facing away from them.

To see what other Read Together participants read this summer, click here.


  1. I loved (and so did my daughter) Eats, Shoots and Leaves. I'm glad to know there's another one. We'll be getting it quite soon.

  2. Thanks for the review. I haven't seen these book before but they look delightful, so we'll have to check them out!

  3. Good review. My daughter liked the Eats, Shoots and Leaves, so she might like this one too. Nothing like making grammar fun!

  4. I still read Eats, Shoots and Leaves at times.

    The book you mention here ha been picked up by my niece. I plan to read it soon.

  5. i suck at grammer it never made sense to me..*sigh*

    now why didn't they make it fun to learn when i was a kid ehh?

  6. Pictures work so well to illustrate grammar, especially for today's uber-visual kids. I drew on the board to demonstrate something grammatical this year, and the kids learned it better than any of the kids in previous years.

  7. Hi A! It's the first time I've been over here and I love it. What a great idea.

  8. lol! What a memorable and fun way to teach these concepts to kids.