Rosenthal, Amy Krouse and Lichtenheld, Tom. New York: Scholastic, 2013. 9780545436793
Quantitative Reading Level: Reading Level 2.0, Lexile 90
Qualitative Reading Analysis:
I would rate this as Low on the “Text Complexity: Qualitative Measures Rubric for Literary Text”. This is a very simple book with a single layer of meaning, simple text, and conversational language. The intended audience would be familiar with ending punctuation marks which is all the knowledge needed to find this book funny.
Exclamation Mark really stands out. He doesn’t seem to fit in with everyone else. Then one day he meets another strange mark who asks him a ton of questions. Frustrated, Exclamation Mark finally yells, “Stop”. He then realizes the power he has and is very happy. This is a great little story not only about ending punctuation but about discovering who you really are.
Content Area: Reading/ELA
Content area standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2b Use end punctuation for sentences.
This would be a fun book to read when reviewing end punctuation.
Author’s Website: http://www.whoisamy.com/
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWnPSLYO9aM
Personal Thoughts: I love this book! It is so clever and funny with a great message beside. I bought it for both of my libraries and my older kids (grades 4 and 5) enjoy it as much as the younger students.
Subjects/Themes: Identity Crisis, Self-Awareness
High Interest Annotation: Exclamation mark just wants to find his place in the world…er, sentence.