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Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!

Illustrated by Bonnie Timmons


Eats, Shoots & Leaves

About the Book

Punctuation play is at its finest in this New York Times #1 bestseller!

Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely. You might want to eat a huge hot dog, but a huge, hot dog would run away pretty quickly if you tried to take a bite out of him. And a sign saying "Eat here and get gas" would hint at a very different odor than "Eat here, and get gas."

This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter—and better punctuation—from all who read it.

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book Best Book of the Year

Product Details

On sale: July 25, 2006
Age: 6-9 years
Grade: Grades 1-4
Page count: 32 Pages
ISBN: 9780399244919

Author Bio

Lynne Truss is a writer and journalist who started out as a literary editor with a blue pencil and then got sidetracked. The author of three novels and numerous radio comedy dramas, she spent six years as the television critic of The Times of London, followed by four (rather peculiar) years as a sports columnist for the same newspaper. She won Columnist of the Year for her work for Women’s Journal. Lynne Truss also hosted Cutting a Dash, a popular BBC Radio 4 series about punctuation. She now reviews books for the Sunday Times of London and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4. She lives in Brighton, England.
BONNIE TIMMONS is best known for inspiring and creating images for the television show Caroline in the City and illustrating numerous national ad campaigns.


#1 New York Times Bestseller
Book Sense Book of the Year Honor Book Best Book of the Year

“While dissolving into giggles over the change in meaning between ‘Eat here, and get gas,’ or ‘Eat here and get gas,’ children will find themselves gaining an instinctive understanding of the ‘traffic signals of language.’ ” —Booklist
“The point is to make children laugh while swallowing their grammatical medicine—and do they ever.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Truss, author of the No. 1 best-selling adult book of the same title, shares her witty and wise examples with a direly0in0need younger generation. . . . Youngsters of all ages will giggle their way through the wacky images.” —The Chicago Sun-Times