Brian P. Cleary
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  Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More about Antonyms
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
Antonyms Coloring Page
Antonyms Poster (11x17")
Simon Says
Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy:
More about Antonyms

What Is an antonym? One book is never enough to explore the wide range of antonyms!

The zany (not ordinary) cats deliver loads of additional examples to illustrate the power of these opposites. Playful (not dull) verse and comical (not serious) cats turn traditional grammar lessons on end.

Each pair of antonyms is printed in color for easy (not difficult) identification.

Read this book aloud and share the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of words.


“Wild colors and zany, attired animal characters ramp up the humor and the fun in this useful introduction to antonyms. The rhyming, rhythmic text lopes along, succinctly explaining what an antonym is and following up with plenty of clear examples, made not just palatable but actually amusing in the cartoon-like illustrations.” (Booklist)

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