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Meet the action idioms! "Jump the gun," "hit the road," "kick the habit," "tackle the job!" Like all idioms, an action idiom is a group of words that work together to create their own special meaning. Marvin Terban once again takes an everyday part of the English language and makes a humorous and fascinating study of it. He gives clear and concise explanations of over one hundred action idioms and their origins. Illustrator Tom Hufffman lends a comical air with his literal interpretation of the idioms. After reading Punching the Clock, no one--young or old--will ever again be confused about action idioms. This book really "hits the nail on the head!" Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
Introduces and explains action idioms and their origins with comical illustrations that lend a literal interpretation.
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.
"Children will delight in this humorous study, as it makes the English language fun." School Library Journal