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More about Adverbs

From the Series Words Are CATegorical ®

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

What is an adverb?

It’s hard to explain but easy to show—and that’s just what this book does, in rhyming, comical verse that will have readers giggling as they learn. Cartoon cats guide readers through the tricks of describing when, how, where, how often, and how much in this lighthearted celebration of language.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.4
Reading Counts! Points 3.0
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JNF029020, JNF029040, JNF029000
Dewey 428.2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 720
Guided Reading Level O
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author: Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Illustrator: Brian Gable

Brian Gable is the illustrator of many of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® books, as well as the Math Is CATegorical® series. Mr. Gable lives in Toronto, Canada.

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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 →



“Comical line drawings zapped with color show animals in a wide variety of roles, from tourist to cowboy to knight. Meanwhile, the rhyming verses gallop along, playfully brandishing adverbs galore. Color coding differentiates adverbs that tell you when (pink), where (purple), how often (green), and so on. A jolly treatment of the topic.”

School Library Journal

“The CATegorical cats are back. A professorial feline opens this offbeat lecture with a definition of adverbs and a color-coded guide to the types found throughout the book. Readers are then drawn into another of Cleary’s signature rhyming narratives, which tumbles across each page verbally and visually.”
School Library Journal

School Library Journal, Curriculum Connections

“Wacky illustrations in bold colors complement a bouncing rhyme as the zany cats of Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb? (Lerner, 2005) take another humorous and instructional look at the part of speech ‘that describes when, how, where, how often, and how much.’”
School Library Journal – Curriculum Connections