As a fan of writing, including punctuation and puns, I got the biggest kick out of:
When we first encounter our hero, Period, that little piece of punctuation is inspired:
Period asks Paper and Pencil for a little help, but then realizes:
Enter Question Mark, who decides to—what do you think Question Mark does?
I’ll give you time to think….
As we follow along, Question Mark continues to pester Period with questions. Enter Exclamation Point, saying:
“I want to help too!”
At this point, I have only one quibble with the text. Where is comma??? Where is that pause, when you want it?
The banter between the punctuation marks , including Quotation Marks, Parentheses, and Colon, as they search for and find words, is hilarious, punny and spiked with visual gags.
In the end, they write their story, but decide that something is still missing! What do you think it is? I’ll give you a clue. Pencil can provide the answer.
And while I’m on the topic of pictures, the illustrator, Denise Holmes, brings these inanimate punctuation marks to life in wonderful, anthropomorphic ways. I wish my photos did the colors justice, as they are much more saturated than can be seen here.
Read this book to a classroom of kids (or to just one), and I guarantee they’ll be inspired to fill their paper with stories, proper punctuation, and pictures. I would, however, ask them to identify and use that one pesky piece of punctation that’s missing from this book, the comma.