A Junior Library Guild Selection
“It’s not easy to explain the rules of punctuation in a clear and concise manner, but Carr and Long have succeeded not only in explaining the use of the apostrophe, but also in making this punctuation mark into the main character in a witty story… The clever text explains some fairly complex punctuation rules in a humorous way that certainly beats any boring grammar workbook… Elementary school teachers will want to give Greedy Apostrophe a gold star for his efforts, for it’s a rare teaching tool that conveys its lessons while being funny as well.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A breezy narrative, fresh illustrations, and some laugh-aloud moments… With jazzy colors and cartoon-style characters, the upbeat artwork gives personality to the inanimate while underscoring the witty, vivacious tone of the text. Unexpected fun for grammarians-in-training.”—Booklist
GREEDY APOSTROPHE: A CAUTIONARY TALE
by JAN CARR
Perfect for budding grammarians.
One punctuation mark, and one alone, refused to take the solemn Punctuation Mark Oath.
And that was GREEDY APOSTROPHE!
Uh oh! Greedy Apostrophe is on the loose and he's causing all kinds of trouble, inserting himself into plurals, where he doesn't belong. He's put himself into signs for TOY'S (TOYS), KITE'S (KITES), and BOOK'S (BOOKS). But he doesn't fool little Chloe Clark "Hey!" she cries. "That apostrophe doesn't belong there!" Watchful readers, stay on the alert! Greedy Apostrophe is out there creating havoc!
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Don't you hate it when you see apostrophes lurking in signs when they don't belong there? Maybe at the grocery store, where the sign in the vegetable bin says "Carrot's."
Does that mean that something BELONGS to the one of the carrots? What? Carrot's leafy tops? Carrot's orange color? Carrot's bff Turnip?
No! "Carrots" is plural, not possessive! Get your mitts off that plural, you Greedy Apostrophe!
Many people see injustice in the world and let it pass, but I decided to DO something about it. I'd write a book and set the world straight.
This, dear reader, is that book.
Greedy Apostrophe must be stopped.