Exclamation Mark

Exclamation Mark, written and illustrated by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, is a nominee for the 14-15 South Carolina Picture Book Award.

Exclamation Mark, or !, tells the tale of the most exciting (and often overused) punctuation mark. All ! wanted to do was fit in, but, as the saying goes, “He was born to stand out.” He tries everything he can to be like the marks around him, but nothing works.

One day, an encounter with a rather annoying question mark, makes this little exclamation mark snap, and a whole new world opens up to him! He finds his voice, and he learns that it’s okay to be different. Being different is what makes him special.

Along with learning a little about punctuation, I think this charming book could be used to teach kids that it’s okay to be different. (I tell my students constantly that normal is boring.)

I love the simple illustrations in this book, especially that the background on each page is that lovely, elementary writing paper.

This is definitely a book that I will share with my 1st and 2nd grade students. (My K5 kids may not fully grasp punctuation yet.) In older grades, this book could serve as a way to make punctuation just a little more fun.

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