Twenty-Odd Ducks

Truss, Lynne.  Twenty-Odd Ducks.  Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons.  New York: Putnam’s Sons. 2008.  ISBN: 9780399250583.

Lynne Truss delights junior grammarians with another companion book to Eats, Shoots & Leaves and The Girl’s Like Spaghetti.  Twenty-Odd Ducks:  Why, Every Punctuation Mark Counts! demonstrates on each two page spread how the same words, when punctuated differently can have vastly different meanings.  For example, Truss, with comic images by Bonnie Timmons, points out that William brought an extra large pizza  and William brought an extra-large pizza involve differing amounts of the cheesy, gooey pie.  With the clever illustrations, it’s hard not to “get” the grammar lesson and smile while doing it.

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