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Books in Words Are CATegorical �� series

  • Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What Is a Prefix?

    Brian P. Cleary, Martin Goneau

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 2015)
    What is a prefix? You'll find the answer inside this book―it's overflowing with prefixes. Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Martin Goneau's humorous illustrations creatively present the concept of prefixes for young readers. For easy identification, key prefixes appear in color and comical cats reinforce each idea. Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What Is a Prefix? turns traditional grammar lessons on end! Read and reread this book aloud and delight in the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective?

    Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 2001)
    Simple, rhyming text and colorful cartoon cats help children expand their vocabularies and gain an appreciation for the rhythm of language in this lighthearted book of rhyming verse. Adjectives like frilly, silly, polka-dotted, fizzy, and spunky are printed in color, and all the words will tickle you pink!
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  • Under, Over, By the Clover: What Is a Preposition?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 2003)
    In this fun-filled book, playful puns and comical cartoon cats combine to show, not tell, readers what prepositions are all about. Each preposition in the text, like under, over, by the clover, about, throughout, and next to Rover, is highlighted in color for easy identification. This is the newest addition to the Words Are CATagorical series, which has sold more than 450,000 copies.
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  • How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press ™, Aug. 1, 2007)
    This accessible, lighthearted look at language introduces homonyms and homophones. Playful rhymes and comical cartoons make both concepts memorable. Each corresponding pair of homonyms and homophones is printed in color for easy identification. At the end, readers are challenged to apply what they’ve learned―and they’ll have fun doing so.
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  • A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homonyms and Homophones

    Brian P. Cleary, Martin Goneau

    Paperback (Millbrook Press, Aug. 1, 2016)
    Do you think there's no more to know about homonyms and homophones? This book will prove you wrong! With dozens of laughs per second, the value of the lesson doesn't lessen the second time around. Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Martin Goneau's humorous illustrations creatively present fresh examples of homonyms and homophones for young readers. For easy identification, each pair of homonyms or homophones appears in color, and the comical cats help bring each idea to the fore. A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homonyms and Homophones turns traditional grammar lessons on end! Read and reread this book aloud and delight in the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 2012)
    What's a contraction? You'll find the answer inside this book―it's brimming with contractions! Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Brian Gable's humorous illustrations don't shy away from creatively clarifying the concept of contractions. For easy identification, we've printed the contractions in color. You won't want to miss the comical cats that reinforce each idea. I'm and Won't, They're and Don't: What's a Contraction? turns traditional grammar lesson on end. Read this book aloud and share in the delight of the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More about Verbs

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press ™, Jan. 1, 2009)
    One book is never enough to explore the wide range of verbs! The crazy cats deliver loads of additional examples to illustrate the power of both action verbs and linking verbs. Brian P. Cleary's playful verse and Brian Gable's comical cats turn traditional grammar lessons on end. Each verb is printed in color for easy identification. Read this book aloud and share the delight of the sense and nonsense of words.
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  • -Ful and -Less, -Er and -Ness: What Is a Suffix?

    Brian P. Cleary, Martin Goneau

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Jan. 1, 2016)
    What is a suffix? You'll find the answer inside this book―it's overflowing with wonderful suffixes. Brian P. Cleary's playful rhymes and Martin Goneau's humorous illustrations creatively present the concept of suffixes for young readers. For easy identification, key suffixes appear in color, and the comical cats reinforce each idea. -Ful and -Less, -Er and -Ness: What Is a Suffix? turns traditional grammar lessons on end! Read and reread this book aloud and delight in the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Jan. 1, 2015)
    What are comparatives and superlatives? After reading this book, you'll have a much clearer idea and will be the best at forming these descriptive words! Brian P. Cleary and Brian Gable explain how these forms of adjectives compare nouns, through the cleverest rhymes and illustrations that are sillier than ever. Each comparative or superlative word is printed in color for easier identification. Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? turns traditional grammar lessons on end. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What Are Similes and Metaphors?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 2011)
    Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you're as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake! Clever rhymes from Brian P. Cleary and humorous illustrations from Brian Gable present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they're as bright as polished pennies! Each simile and metaphor is printed in color for easy identification in this gem of a book. Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense―and nonsense―of words.
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  • Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb?

    Brian P. Cleary, Brian Gable

    Paperback (Millbrook Press ™, Aug. 1, 2005)
    Bursting with adverbs, this addition to the Words Are CATegorical® series creatively clarifies the concept of adverbs for young readers with delightfully playful rhymes and extremely humorous illustrations. For easy identification, adverbs are printed in color and key words are illustrated on each page.
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  • A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun?

    Brian P. Cleary, Jenya Prosmitsky

    Paperback (Millbrook Press TM, Aug. 1, 1999)
    What is a noun? It's easier to show than explain―and this book is brimming with examples. Author Brian Cleary and illustrator Jenya Prosmitsky creatively clarify the concept of nouns for young readers. Nouns are printed in color for easy identification, and the playful rhymes and illustrations combine to highlight key words.
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