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And How Punctuation Saved It
By (author): Caroline Adderson Illustrated by: Roman Muradov
Caroline Adderson ,

Illustrated by :

Roman Muradov


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Juvenile: Age (years) 7, Grade (US) 2
Oct 25, 2022
$19.99 CAD


8.25in x 6.44 x 0.53 in | 0.69 lb

Page Count:

72 pages


Tundra Books
JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Words
A village is torn apart by its residents’ inability to communicate, until a little girl shares the gift of punctuation in this humorous illustrated parable.

Chaos reigns in the village of Babble! All day, the residents fight, yell and argue, and no one is heard or understood…until a mysterious little girl arrives and gives the locals something very strange: a period. But what is this thing that looks like a freckle or a spot? The villagers don’t even know how to ask. However, as the girl begins to share more gifts — a question mark, quotation marks — the residents slowly learn how to communicate. But when more fights arise and disaster strikes, can punctuation truly save the day?

INTRODUCTION TO PUNCTUATION: This lively and accessible introduction to periods, question marks, quotation marks, exclamation marks, commas and apostrophes will invigorate young readers’ interest in language and serve as a fun refresher for older readers!

BACK MATTER: An afterword at the end of the book, written in the same vein as the text, recaps what each punctuation mark is used for and introduces readers to even more punctuation marks (parenthesis, dash, ellipsis, semicolon and colon).

TIMELY CONTENT: Our world is more divided than ever, and Babble! gives young readers tools to comprehend heated conversations and convey their opinions in nonconfrontational ways.

DELIGHTFUL STORYTELLING: Caroline Adderson is an accomplished author who expertly conveys educational content with a witty and offbeat charm.

DYNAMIC ART/ARTIST: Roman Muradov’s expressive, stylized art has earned him a devoted audience (almost 50K followers Instagram) and an impressive client list, and his drawings here exude an energy and humor that will captivate readers. 

GIFT BOOK: The simultaneous accessibility and sophistication of this humorous parable combined with its smallish trim and striking package makes for a great gift for language lovers of any age and for occasions such as back to school, teacher gifts and graduation.

CAROLINE ADDERSON is an award-winning author of more than twenty books for children of all ages, including picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels and short stories. As well as accumulating many stars, Caroline’s children’s books have won the Diamond Willow Award, the Helen Isobel Sissons Canadian Children’s Story Award, the Sheila Egoff Award, and the Chocolate Lily Book Award. Four of her titles have been Junior Library Guild Selections and have appeared on numerous Best Book lists. Her nominations include the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, multiple Chocolate Lily Book Awards, the Rocky Mountain Book Award, and the Shining Willow Award. Caroline lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and her bad dog Arlo.

Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta

ROMAN MURADOV is an award-winning editorial artist and graphic novelist who has created illustrations for The New Yorker, New York Times, Criterion, Vogue, Paris Review, Wired, the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, GQ, Warby Parker, NPR, Monocle, Lucky Peach, Apple, Google, Airbnb, Lyft, Patreon and Dropbox, as well as the covers of the Penguin Classics Centennial Editions of James Joyce's Dubliners and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. He has won multiple medals from the Society of Illustrators as well as the Young Guns Award from the Art Directors Club, and his work has been featured in The Comics Journal, American Illustration and Creative Quarterly, among others.

Illustrator Residence: Brooklyn, USA

Illustrator Hometown: Moscow, Russia

Publicity: School and library promotions


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Author Website: www.carolineaddersonkids.com/ / www.bluebed.net

Author Social Media: @roman_m

"[W]ill make children laugh and learn in equal measure." —School Library Journal

"[R]eaders . . . will come away with a new appreciation for the value of these inconspicuous dots and squiggles." —Booklist

"One of the most inventive illustrated children’s books. . . . [R]eaders leave the book with a healthy respect for words and the tools they need to do their job. Babble!’s subtle mix of practical knowledge and poetic fancy will send readers back to the book many times." —Imaginary Elevators

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