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Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 9; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 2.7
Age of Child: Read by a 9-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: "This is cute, Mom." She loved Alfie's bow tie and his magic tricks.
Adult Reader Reaction: What a great way to help kids with punctuation! The story is clever, each punctuation mark character is true to their personality, and kids get a chance to see them in action. It was nice to have some history to the origins of the name, too. I would like to have seen an appendix with a set of common words for kids to see, maybe with some hints to help kids remember.
Pros: A clever story, a bit of magic, and some real-life examples make learning punctuation fun for kids.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a must-have for the classroom or school library, but it will also come in handy at home when young students need a "refresher."
Educational Themes: Although Alfie is the star of this book, kids can learn about the roles other punctuation marks play, too. There are several examples of contractions in the story itself. It might be fun for kids to find them and also add some of their own.
Notes: The Reading Tub® picked up this book at the American Library Association annual conference.