Ye Olde Scope Notes: What’s With All the Exclamation Marks?!
(Waving a rickety old cane in the air)
In my day, no one spoke in the library – they couldn’t! Libraries were sealed and the oxygen was pumped out, creating a vacuum! And now look what we’ve come to – every picture book seems to end in an exclamation mark. Librarians, all this merriment is going to be the end of us! I ask you, weblog reader – what do you see in common among these books?
Beware – the exclamation mark is on the rise, friends. The tyranny of excitement and fun is upon us. Don’t believe me? Let’s look at what the Google had to say when I ran an Ngram search for “!”:
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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