Brian P. Cleary
Brian P. Cleary author
  To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb?
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 Audisee® eBook with Audio
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To Root, to Toot, to Parachute:
What is a Verb?

What is a verb? It’s easier to show than explain! In this fun and animated introduction to grammar, rhyming verse is used to creatively clarify the concept of verbs.

Chock-full of colorful, lively examples, the playful rhymes and illustrations of comical cartoon cats combine to hightlight key words in the sentences.

Verbs like toss and tumble, jump and jam, jog and juggle, and jig and leap are printed in color for easy identification.

Awards and Recognition

American Bookseller Kids' Pick of the Lists
Book-of-the-Month Children's Club Selection


“Cleary’s energy and sunny choice of words make the book lively and delightfully bright, a feeling reinforced by the action-packed illustrations scattered across the pages. Children can use the book in class or at home with help from a grown-up.” (Booklist)

“Prosmitsky’s signature silly cats act and act and act! Aspiring writers will know by the end of this book that, ‘If it’s an action, it’s a verb!’” (Publishers Weekly)

“Working in rhyme, Cleary presents a flurry of verbs to readers – often in humourous juxtaposition – and a sprinkling of grammatical rules. Prosmitsky provides loads of visual clues as to the action that is taking place, and colored type cues readers to which word is the verb.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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