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Title:
Punching the clock : funny action idioms
Author:
Terban, Marvin.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
63 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
Introduces and explains more than 100 expressions which mean something different than the separate words in the group. For example: raise the roof, hold your horses, and carry a tune.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780899198644

9780899198651
Format :
Book

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Summary

Introduces and explains more than 100 expressions which mean something different than the separate words in the group. For example: raise the roof, hold your horses, and carry a tune.


Summary

Introduces and explains action idioms and their origins with comical illustrations that lend a literal interpretation.


Author Notes

Marvin Terban's popular wordplay books for Clarion include IN A PICKLE AND OTHER FUNNY IDIOMS and TO HOT TO HOOT: FUNNY PALINDROME RIDDLES. He lives in New York City.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Terban deftly explains nearly 100 different expressions that add spirit to our language. Arranged in groupings, the idioms are used in sentences ("Don't believe him. He's just playing possum") and explained in context, often with delineation of its origin. Examples given include plays hooky, threw a monkey wrench, batting a thousand, and wrestling with her conscience. Not only will children enjoy browsing through this humorously illustrated book, but language arts teachers will find it a boon for units on writing. And for those learning English as a second language, this will be right on target! --Barbara Elleman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6 --Terban takes those everyday phrases known as idioms and gives clear and witty explanations of the meanings and origins of over 100 of them. Huffman's literal interpretation of each idiom in black-and-white ink drawings with bits of green add a comic air. Children will delight in this humorous study, as it makes the English language fun. An index of the idioms should make it a teacher pleaser as well. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. Terban deftly explains nearly 100 different expressions that add spirit to our language. Arranged in groupings, the idioms are used in sentences ("Don't believe him. He's just playing possum") and explained in context, often with delineation of its origin. Examples given include plays hooky, threw a monkey wrench, batting a thousand, and wrestling with her conscience. Not only will children enjoy browsing through this humorously illustrated book, but language arts teachers will find it a boon for units on writing. And for those learning English as a second language, this will be right on target! --Barbara Elleman


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6 --Terban takes those everyday phrases known as idioms and gives clear and witty explanations of the meanings and origins of over 100 of them. Huffman's literal interpretation of each idiom in black-and-white ink drawings with bits of green add a comic air. Children will delight in this humorous study, as it makes the English language fun. An index of the idioms should make it a teacher pleaser as well. --Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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