Exclamation Mark is an adorable, clever, and satisfyingly minimalist story of an exclamation mark who stands out no matter what. Which makes sense, given that he is an exclamation mark among a group of full-stops.
The story is told through a playful intermix of visuals, wordplay and punctuation exploration, and on the backdrop of delightfully stylised lined paper.
Sure, the book is great for the obvious: teaching littlies about full stops and punctuation. But the deeper story is about individuality and embracing one's own identity. Even without that element, this book is fun and a repeat smile-bringer.
Title: Exclamation Mark (or !)
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Illustrator: Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: Scholastic Press, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 01 June, 2013
For ages: 5 - 7
Type: Picture Book