To Root, to Toot, to Parachute

What Is a Verb?

From the Series Words Are CATegorical ®

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

What is a verb? It’s easier to show than explain!

In this fun and animated introduction to grammar, rhyming verse is used to creatively clarify the concept of verbs. Chock-full of colorful, lively examples, the playful rhymes and illustrations of comical cartoon cats combine to hightlight key words in the sentences. Verbs like toss and tumble, jump and jam, jog and juggle, and jig and leap are printed in color for easy identification.

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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 2001
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2001-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.9
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF029040, JNF029000, JNF029020
Dewey 428.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 6.875 x 9
Guided Reading Level O
ATOS Reading Level 3.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 49300
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Awards

  • American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists, Winner, 2001
  • Book-of-the-Month Children's Club Selection, Winner, 2001

Reviews

Booklist

“Cleary’s energy and sunny choice of words make the book lively and delightfully bright, a feeling reinforced by the action-packed illustrations scattered across the pages. Children can use the book in class or at home with help from a grown-up.”
Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“Working in rhyme, Cleary presents a flurry of verbs to readers – often in humourous juxtaposition – and a sprinkling of grammatical rules. Prosmitsky provides loads of visual clues as to the action that is taking place, and colored type cues readers to which word is the verb.”
Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

“Prosmitsky’s signature silly cats act and act and act! Aspiring writers will know by the end of this book that, ‘If it’s an action, it’s a verb!’”
Publishers Weekly

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 →