Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Kate Petty
Illustrator: Jennie Maizels
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Remembering a noun from a verb from a preposition can be tricky. There are a lot of big words standing for abstract concepts and that can be hard for kids to sort out and keep track of. In this book, different parts of speech are broken down a page at a time with illustrations, labels, pop-ups, and activities. Explained are nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions, as well as plurals, possessives, and punctuation, culminating in the creation of a sentence using all of the parts.
Kate Petty uses text, captions, and speech bubbles to explain the meaning and use of each part of speech and other points of grammar. Her explanations are clear and concise and easily understandable for children in the primary grades. Jennie Maizels’s illustrations make this book more of a work of art than a simple grammar book. Each page is stuffed with artistically rendered text and pages of deeply detailed illustrations and pop-ups. Though the book may at times feel a little bit busy, it is jam-packed with engaging activities for kids to do.