Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
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
Adverbs Coloring Page
Adverbs Poster (11x17")
CATegorical™ Charades
Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally:
More about Adverbs

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.


“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.” (Booklist)

“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)

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