It Figures!: Fun Figures of Speech   -     By: Marvin Terban
    Illustrated By: Giulio Maestro
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It Figures!: Fun Figures of Speech

Illustrated By: Giulio Maestro
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / 1993 / Paperback

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Suppose you want to describe a bumpy road. You could say, "The road was bumpy" - OK, but not very interesting. Or you could say, "It was like riding on square tires." Or, "The road was a washboard."

Descriptions like these create very specific pictures in the mind of a reader or listener. Each involves a figure of speech, a way of putting words together that makes your meaning clear, vivid, interesting, and dramatic.

In this book, Marvin Terban, the master of word-play, introduces and explains six important figures of speech - simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification. Examples from the work of great writers, including Mr. Terban's own comic originals, are followed by practical suggestions for creating your own figures of speech and using them effectively.

Want to write livelier, more colorful stories, essays, poems, and letters? It figures!

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Vendor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: 1993
ISBN: 0395665914
ISBN-13: 9780395665916

Publisher's Description

An introduction to six common figures of speech -- metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, personification, alliteration, and hyperbole -- with guidelines for their use and numerous illustrative examples.

Author Bio

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.
Giulio Maestro is an author and artist who has illustrated more than 100 books for young readers, including Marvin Terban's GUPPIES IN TUXEDOS: FUNNY EPONYMS and IT FIGURES! FUN FIGURES OF SPEECH. He lives with his wife, Betsy, in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

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"Upon using this humorously presented book, children will truly improve their styles of writing." School Library Journal

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