Library Intern Book Reviews


Scholastic, Inc.


New York, New York, United States of America

Date of Publication




Date of Review



Library and Information Science | Modern Literature


Children's literature, reviews, acceptance, diversity


The story of an exclamation point, who has lived his whole life trying to be a period, finally discovering who he is meant to be. When he meets a question mark, Exclamation Mark begins to discover that there are others who don’t fit the neat mold of a period. Gradually, he finds out what it means to be an exclamation point. This quick, endearing read, with simple illustrations incorporated into the text itself, is a story of growing up and discovering oneself. It handles Exclamation Mark’s feelings of awkwardness and of being out-of-place with grace, appealing to the child who might feel the same way. Instead of placing Exclamation Mark in a hostile environment (the odd-man-out in a world of conformist bullies), as most stories of this theme tend to do, he is instead surrounded by others who are comfortable doing what they’re meant to do, being who they’re meant to be. They are supportive of Exclamation Mark as he discovers himself, too – a welcome and encouraging change from stock bully characters. A great book to be read with a student, but a little too dependent on reader interaction with the pages/text/illustrations to be read aloud to a large group. Recommended. Courtney Raymond, Centennial Library Intern, Cedarville University



Download Review (75 KB)

Review of <em>Exclamation Mark</em> by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Catalog Record



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.