Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homynyms and Homophones
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Jenya Prosmitsky
Millbrook Press / Lerner
grades 2 to 5
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book, interactive book, and AudiseeĀ® eBook with Audio
Adjectives Coloring Page
Adjectives Poster (11x17")
CATegorical™ Train Game
My Bad Babysitter
Silly Summer Vacation
Super Sports
Hairy, Scary, Ordinary:
What is an Adjective?

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!

Awards and Recognition

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


“[A] lesson on homonyms and homophones is such a natural for the Words Are CATegorical™ series, with its signature combination of fast-paced rhymes and zany illustrations, that the topic is well worth revisiting … An enjoyable mix of wordplay and grammar.” (Booklist)

“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.”Ā (School Library Journal)

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