Fun for kids (and grown-ups)

I heard recently from the company that is publishing “Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!,” an illustrated version for young readers of Lynne Truss’ best seller about punctuation. The Penguin Young Readers Group wanted to tell folks about its Web site called Save the Comma. I checked the site. The best part is a game in which the player chooses the correctly punctuated sentence. I haven’t seen the actual book, so I can’t say whether it would be valuable for teaching children about punctuation.

Frankly, the first time I read “Eats, Shoots & Leaves” I found it annoying and put it down right away. Even though I qualify as a stickler, I like my grammar-usage books straight up. I had been thinking that I should give the book another try because several people had told me that they enjoyed it. And it was a runaway best seller! So I checked out a copy at the public library a couple of days ago. I am reading it now. The book is funny, but I still don’t recommend it for solid punctuation advice. Get a real usage book for that. But for fun, you can certainly enjoy Truss’ book.

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