From Publishers Weekly
In this latest addition to Heller's expanding collection of parts-of-speech books, the author/artist employs her characteristically vibrant, larger-than-life paintings to examine the many aspects of adverbs. Readers are told—and captivatingly shown—that "ADVERBS work terrifically when answering specifically . . . 'How?' 'How often?' 'When?' and 'Where?' " A glorious blue-and-white Victorian house, for example, drips gingerbread trim across one spread: it was painted "RECENTLY." The question, "WHY do pandas eat bamboo?" is posed against a comparatively spare spread of three beguiling creatures devouring green leaves. If this book is a bit more confusing than the earlier volumes, it is chiefly because of the inherent diversity of the topic—young grammarians may well be puzzled that the words in a bride's vow of "YES, INDEED, FOREVER" are equated with the "how" of "HOW do you do?" Nevertheless, Heller once again offers an informative English lesson that is great fun to read and rife with theatrics. Ages 6-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4— Heller maintains the standards she set in her previous concept books in this lively introduction to adverbs. The playfully rhymed text flows effortlessly as it discusses superlatives, irregular adverbs, and double negatives. The featured words appear in bold print and are used frequently throughout to demonstrate their functions. The jewel-toned illustrations are a visual delight, featuring everything from Persian cats to purple cows. Large double-page spreads provide maximum graphic impact, while the subjects add a whimsical touch. The book ends abruptly, but its many strengths greatly outweigh this quibble. Teachers and children will find the clever presentation informative and fun. —Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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