Brian P. Cleary
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  Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What Are Irregular Plurals?
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Brian Gable
Millbrook Press / Lerner
grades 2 to 5
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book, interactive book, and Audisee® eBook with Audio
Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies:
What Are Irregular Plurals?

What are irregular plurals? You’ll find the answer inside this book—full of ponies, teeth, potatoes, and geese!

Whimsical rhymes and Brian Gable’s comical illustrations team up to give helpful guidelines for forming plurals when the usual rules of adding s or es don’t apply.

We’ve printed the irregular plural words in color for easy identification. Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals? turns traditional spelling lessons on end.

Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of words.


“While consistently centered on communicating grammar with wit and precision, Cleary juggles meter and rhyme with seemingly effortless skill. Meanwhile, Gable’s colorful and frequently zany illustrations support the text with humor and intriguing details. A surprisingly enjoyable introduction to plurals.” (Booklist)

“Crazy costumes, silly glasses, and comical expressions keep the mood as light as the author’s bouncy narration … This volume is a great addition to classroom and library collections.” (School Library Journal)

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