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Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? Review by Lori HootenBrian P. Cleary
Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? is a book by author Brian P. Cleary, creator of the Words are CATegorical series. This book covers the comparative and superlative words, and their definitions and uses. It also addresses these types of words that don't follow any rules but instead need to have “more” added before it.
Using a rhyme scheme that flows throughout the book, Mr. Cleary covers the comparative words that use “-er” and discusses how they identify differences. Moving on to the words that don't follow rules, the reader touches on “more”, “better”, “good”, “farther”, and others. Next the book discusses superlatives - defining them, giving examples, and showing how to add “-est” to root words to make the word superlative. At the close of this short book, there is a chart that helps to explain how to form comparatives and superlatives, including examples of words.
Each page has clever text that is accompanied by humorous illustrations featuring cats and some of their companions (dogs and mice). The illustrations do a fine job of further teaching the words and their meanings by illustrating the comparisons being made. These illustrations definitely add to the fun of the book.
This book was read several times by the 2nd grader in the house and was greatly enjoyed. It was also read on the sly by the 5th grader who didn't want me to notice that she was enjoying the book, too. Brian P. Cleary does a fantastic job of making grammar fun and if you are looking to teach or illustrate comparatives and superlatives, Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What Are Comparatives and Superlatives? is a good book to add to your pile.
—Product review by Lori Hooten, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, May, 2017