So you remember the Scholastic Books you could order through your school? Well, S. (age 6 1/2) got a Scholastic order form the other week, and while he selected a volume from the Magic Tree House series, I could not pass up the opportunity to order a little somethin’ somethin’ for myself. There’s nothing wrong with that now, is there?
I was actually kind of excited when his order, which included my copy of Alfie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue, arrived the other day:
It’s talent show day at Alfie the apostrophe’s school, and he’s nervous as he gets ready to perform his magic show in front of everyone. As the other punctuation marks show off their talents (the question marks tell jokes, the exclamation points show off their cheerleading chops, and the periods and hyphens tap out SOS in Morse Code), Alfie sweats the idea of showing the audience what he can do.
In the end, his amazing ability to make letters disappear and to form new words earns him the top prize of the show!
If you like Alfie the Apostrophe, you can also check out Donohue’s other homage to punctuation, Penny and the Punctuation Bee.