Hairy, Scary, Ordinary

What Is an Adjective?

From the Series Words Are CATegorical ®

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Adjectives are words like hairy, scary, cool, and ordinary.

Simple, rhyming text and colorful cartoon cats help children expand their vocabularies and gain an appreciation for the rhythm of language in this lighthearted book of rhyming verse. Adjectives like frilly, silly, polka-dotted, fizzy, and spunky are printed in color, and all the words will tickle you pink!

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.1
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF029000, JNF029040, JNF029020
Dewey 428.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 39869
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 2000
  • Book-of-the-Month Children's Club Selection, Winner, 2000
  • NCTE Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts, Winner, 2000

Reviews

Book Links

“[A] fast, fun, and rhythmical [series].”
Booklist Online

Booklist

“The sound of the words, the exaggeration, and the nonsense scenarios will appeal to kids. . .”
Booklist

School Library Journal

“Descriptive words of many kinds are presented in bouncy, rhyming text. . . The text bounces, too, with the words printed in wavy linves and unevenly sized letters. The adjectives are colorfully highlighted and readers will see their function demonstrated in a wide variety of contexts.”
School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“The adjectives in the text are printed in energetic, creative, and colorful fonts.”
The Horn Book Guide

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is the author of the Words Are CATegorical®, Math Is CATegorical®, Food Is CATegorical™, and Animal Groups Are CATegorical™ series, as well as several picture books. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Jenya Prosmitsky

Jenya Prosmitsky was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and lived most of her childhood and teen years in Kishinev, Moldavia (former U.S.S.R.). She studied fine arts, illustration, and graphic design at Repin College of Arts in Kishinev before coming to the U.S. For over 10 years Jenya has worked as an interactive/graphic designer and children's book illustrator. She is the artistic creator of the Words Are CATegorical series for Lerner Publishing Group of Minneapolis. Jenya resides in Boston with her husband, Olivier, two daughters, Eugénie and Alexandra, and two cats, Ferruccio and Marcello.

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Words Are CATegorical ®

The best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series introduces young readers to different types of words through rhyming verse and illustrations of comical cartoon cats. Offering a lighthearted perspective, each title shows readers the fun and entertaining world of language. View available downloads →