A cute, tiny bit over the top children’s book to educate all our young ones about the purpose of the period, Periods Say Stop by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Chris Garbutt is an exceedingly cute and clever way to introduce children to grammar rules. As someone who intrinsically understood a lot of this and was never explicitly taught any of this information but rather learned it on her own, I find books like this to be a wonderful thing in existence. And frankly, teaching young children about grammar and literature is an endeavor that I deeply appreciate and love.
The story does a fantastic job of keeping one’s interest while simultaneously educating, which is nothing short of commendable. Admittedly, though, I was a little thrown by the idea that periods are the only punctuation that work–or are workaholics, I guess?–since it didn’t really make a whole lot of sense to me. But ultimately, I’d like to introduce the story to my niece as I feel educational books are far better than any others and this one is pretty great at introducing the information in a fun way as well as explaining it further in depth down the road.
The artwork is wonderful and engaging, definitely something I see a lot of kids enjoying. And really, that’s always one of the most important parts, getting the kids reading these books to want to pay attention to what’s going on within the confines of the story rather than getting distracted by something else. I think the artwork plays a large role in accomplishing that. All in all, it’s a pretty great book for your kids.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.