Alfie the Apostrophe is nervous. Can he make it into the punctuation-mark talent show? There’s plenty of competition. Question marks tell riddles;. written by Moira Rose Donohue illustrated by JoAnn Adinolfi. It’s time for tryouts for the punctuation talent show, and little Alfie the Apostrophe doesn’t think he. Alfie the Apostrophe is eating dinner the evening before the punctuation talent show and he is not a happy punctuation mark. How can he compete with the.

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I thought this may be useful in teaching about possessive nouns, but this subject is not addressed until the end of the book. Mar 17, Ashley Lewis alfoe it it was amazing Shelves: Alfie the Apostrophe is nervous.

Alfie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue

apostroohe I used this book on a lesson about contractions. While the concepts addressed may not necessarily be able to be fully broken down and narrowed in on in the primary grades, it could definitely be expanded and elaborated on in an upper elementary classroom.

Each punctuation mark has a chance to “perform” and explain their purpose. Can he make it into the punctuation-mark talent show? This is a fun book about the apostrophe and when to use it. Apr 14, Deanna rated it liked it Shelves: The book’s simplicity combined with its candid illustrations undoubtedly go a long way in holding onto reader interest.

Sep apostrophd, ConnieLettow rated it really liked it Shelves: Magic and theatre, in a punctuation picture book. This story talks about how apostrophes are used in an animated way, which would be a great book to tbe to students when talking about apostrophes. Feb 04, Satin rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 15, Caroline Petty rated it really liked it Shelves: This book tells a cute little story while teaching children the role of an apostrophe I think this would be a great book for children because apostrophes can sometimes be confusing.


I especially like the line regarding the Apostrophe’s stage fright: Additionally, it provides a quick, yet thorough review of some other punctuation roles, such as exclamation marks apostrpphe phrases of excitement and commas for significant pauses during language phrases.

Want to Read saving…. It can be used in the classroom to put punctuation into perspective for young readers by making the punctuation marks tje that demonstrate their meaning through a school performance.

Alfie the Apostrophe

Good book for learning about punctuations especially apostrohes. This is an entertaining book that uses legitimate information about what an apostrophe is along with other types of punctuation. Nov 05, Shunta rated it really liked it Shelves: Cute story about punctuation marks having a akfie show. Any child who is either learning about or confused about apostrophes should read this book. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

ALFIE THE APOSTROPHE by Moira Rose Donohue , JoAnn Adinolfi | Kirkus Reviews

The story is clever, each punctuation mark character is true to their personality, and kids get a chance to see them in action.

There’s plenty of competition, but it looks as if the director, Bud Asterisk, has mistaken Alfie for a comma. In the end, readers alvie left applauding for Alfie’s audacity and astounded at all they have indirectly learned about the various roles of punctuation marks, from hyphens to periods. This book is really clever and a fun way to learn. Apsotrophe would use this for 1st-3rd grade.

Apr 16, Murlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Kids will definitely remember how to use an apostrophe after they read tge adorable little Alfie!


It would be more appropriate to use this to introduce contractions; however, the focus does not seem to be teaching how to properly use apostrophes, so I would likely use this with children who already have a foundation of knowledge on the topic, but it’s a cute and fun story to enjoy at this point in understanding.

I was pleasantly surprised.

It’s time for the annual punctuation talent show, and Alfie the Apostrophe is feeling anything but exclamatory, and actually quite questionable about whether or not he can pull off his act, which he’s convinced won’t even begin to compare to the exclamation point cheerleaders or the question mark pun stars. To read our full review complete with the kids’ opinions!


I would like to have seen an appendix with a set tne common words for kids to see, maybe with some hints to help kids remember. Alfie the Apostrophe by Moira Rose Donohue is a charming and clever way to teach students the importance of the apostrophe. Book ratings by Goodreads. Cute story of a talent show.

Apr 13, Taleda Crafter rated it it was amazing. This is a really funny book that I think if you read to children who are learning tge apostrophes, they would really catch on through the humor.

Other books in this series. Moreover, the story addresses the similarities of commas and apostrophes in terms of appearance, which could emerge as a potential problem area for some students.