Author Lynne Truss has made a children's version of her NY Times best-seller Eats, Shoots & Leaves. It's an entertaining and clever book that teaches the importance of using commas correctly. In her introduction, Lynne Truss writes,
Punctuation marks are the traffic signals of language: they tell us to slow down, notice this, take a detour, or stop.
Of all the punctuation marks, the comma is the most used and misused. Commas can create havoc when they are left out or are put in the wrong spot, and the results can be hilarious. This little dot with a tail has the power to change the meaning of a sentence by connecting things that shouldn't be connected or breaking apart things that should stay together.
Along with Bonnie Timmons' charming illustrations, Ms. Truss presents some fun examples. Here are some of my favorites:
Look at that huge hot dog!
Look at that huge, hot dog!
Eat here, and get gas.
Eat here and get gas.