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Eats MORE, Shoots & Leaves: Why, ALL Punctuation Marks Matter!

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Eats MORE, Shoots & Leaves: Why, ALL Punctuation Marks Matter!

by Lynne Truss

illustrated by Bonnie Timmons

Eats MORE, Shoots & LeavesHaving enjoyed the adult book Eats, Shoots and Leaves years ago, I knew I would love Lynne Truss’ book Eats MORE, Shoots & Leaves: Why, ALL Punctuation Marks Matter! It is written and illustrated appropriately for children but could also be helpful for teenagers and adults who just don’t understand that a few tiny punctuation marks can change the whole meaning of a sentence. Bonnie Timmons’ drawings are hysterically funny and illustrate so well the concepts.

The pages are set up so the differences in meaning are clear. On one page, for example, the words are “Eat here, and get gas.” The illustration shows cars getting gas at a place that also sells food. On the facing page, the reader is admonished: “Eat here and get gas.” with the illustration depicting a restaurant where a patron flies through the air with a tremendous burp. (Now what grade school boy is not going to laugh at that?) Under each picture, upside down, is an adult explanation of the effect of punctuation or lack of it. The inserted punctuation is always clearly indicated in red. This book is a winner. It achieves its purpose of explaining why punctuation is so important. Who knew grammar could be so funny?

I would like to extend my thanks to Edelweiss and to G.P. Putnam for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Children’s Nonfiction

Notes: Ages 6-9

Grades 1-4

Publication:  October 22, 2019—G.P. Putnam


  1. KayCKay says:

    I love books like these! I always hope folks read them and that at least some of the information sticks! 🙂

    By the way, I woke up in the middle of the night and saw your comment on my review of The Widow of Rose House. At least my foggy brain is remembering it was your comment. Somehow, in my partial slumber, I think I inadvertently deleted the comment. Just wanted to you to know it wasn’t done on purpose and I did see it (more paranormal, less paramour remember?) before I made it disappear. 🙂

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  2. Shalini says:

    Hahaha I loved the get gas example… I too had a good laugh. Lovely review ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  3. carhicks says:

    I enjoy these types of books. Making grammar humorous helps to teach concepts and make them stick. Nice review.

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