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EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

9780545436793_p0_v1_s192x300A simple book written on primary-grade writing paper and so simply illustrated…this is Exclamation Mark!

The idea is tender and written for any age…really!!  Very few of us want to stand out in a crowd.  We try not to be different from others.  We want to fit in with the gang.  YET, we each are born with special talents and gifts.  This is a simple story of Exclamation Mark that wants to fit in, yet it stands out in just about every position.

When Exclamation Mark is at its worst, it meets Question Mark who asks question after question until Exclamation Mark yells, “Stop” only to realize that this sudden outburst is something new.  With a little practice, Exclamation Mark began to see that words of exclamation are its gift.  And its friends could see that this was a gift, too.

Finding our own gifts is so important.  Realizing that we are not made like everyone else makes us see that we each are unique and special in our own way.  We do not need to “fit in!”  This book is such a delightful and creative way to present this life lesson.  (I wish I had learned this early in my own life!!)

Reading Level:  4 – 8 Years


  • 2015 Grand Canyon Reader Award, Picture Books, nominee
  • Bank Street Books Best Book of 2014
  • 2015 California Young Reader Medal winner
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Books of 2013
  • Newsday Top 10 Children’s Books of 2013
  • Parents’ Choice Spring 2013 Picture Books Silver Honor
  • A Junior Library Guild selection
  • School Library Journal, Best Books of 2013
  • Colorado Children’s Book Award, 2014 nominee
  • Virginia Readers’ Choice Award, 2014-15 nominee
  • Bank Street College of Education 2014 Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adult
  • Selected for Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2014
  • Master List, 2013 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens
  • 2014 Maine Chickadee Book Award Nominee

  Amy Krouse Rosenthal

She is a prolific author of books for children and adults.  She has received awards and been on the New York Times Bestsellers List.  Amy Krouse Rosenthal enjoys making many things in addition to books, including short films and salads. She has written more than twenty books for children and many others for adults.  She “is a frequent contributor to NPR and TED, and she has made several viral videos including “The Beckoning of Lovely” and “The Kindness Thought Bubble.”  Find out more about Amy @ http://www.whoisamy.com/

Illustrator:  Tom Lichtenheld

The illustrations in this book and his others are done in watercolor and colored pencil. He begins with pencil sketches; then he creates black line art and prints it on watercolor paper.  Then he paints a layer of watercolor and builds up the shapes with colored pencils.  He has illustrated many, many books, including “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.”

Tom is married to Jan who helps edit the ideas and often comes up with ideas for the endings for his books, which, he says, is the hardest part. She also helps keep him organized and on schedule.  Check out all his books and more @ http://www.tomlichtenheld.com/

These two talented people collaborated on “Duck! Rabbit!” too which won many, many awards including New York Times Besteller, American Library Association Notable Children’s Book of 2010, and Booklist 2009 Editors’ Choice.

9685dd465749df80929098bd52d9df17Book Information
ISBN-13: 9780545436793
Publisher:  Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 56
Product dimensions:  7.36(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.45(d)

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14 thoughts on “EXCLAMATION MARK by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  1. I was just thinking that I wish I’d read this book when I was younger, and then you said the same thing. What a special little book with a very important message. Thanks so much for sharing it on my Literary Friday post!

    Ricki Jill


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