Monday, January 14, 2013

Non-Fiction Pick: Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives?

Breezier, Cheesier, Newest and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? (Words Are CATegorical)
By Brian P. Cleary
Illustrated by Brian Gable
Millbrook Press
31 pages

Hilarious and colorful illustrations and the vibrant rhyming text guide readers to learn how to use comparatives and superlatives. Who knew learning grammar rules could be this fun?

An easy chart at the end of the book shows how to add –er or –est or –ier or –iest. Some two syllable adjectives use more and most like “more pleasant” and “most pleasant.” Some adjectives are just weird like bad and many. Bad =worse=worst and many=more=most.

Readers will laugh at the text and bold illustrations, “Superlatives are the breeziest and chattiest and cheesiest, funniest and sunniest and quietest and queasiest.” Kid friendly animals demonstrate each rule, and kids will not only learn the rules but be entertained. The cover is appealing and welcoming and should easily sell the book to young readers.
The team of the two Brians (Cleary and Gable) is a match made in publishing heaven.

Highly, highly recommended for all libraries and classrooms grade 2-up. This book is a great teaching tool for any English class regardless of grade (trust me, I taught high school English for 10 years).

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