Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 1: The Ninjabread Girl  book cover
1st Edition

Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 1: The Ninjabread Girl

ISBN 9781032040844
Published September 21, 2021 by Routledge
86 Pages 90 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

The Gingerbread Man was rather a handful, but wait until you meet the Ninjabread Girl! With a "Hiiiiii-yaaaaa!" she runs away saying, "Run! Run! So fast like a twirl … you can’t catch me, I’m the Ninjabread Girl!" Can the Ninjitsu Trainer catch her? What about the crocodile? Or the wolf? Can nothing stop her?

On her journey, the Ninjabread Girl writes the story with the assistance of the spirit fox Kitsune and Punctua, the Fairy Godmother of Writing, to punctuate properly and become a bestselling author.

Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 1: The Ninjabread Girl is part of a short series of age-specific, beautifully illustrated stories that can be read for pleasure and/or used as a contextualised resource, containing a step-by-step guide to teaching punctuation. The characters from each story are used to demonstrate a range of punctuation rules in a fun and engaging way appropriate to the book's age group. Areas covered include:

  • formulating punctuation rules.
  • the use of misconceptions to highlight common errors.
  • teaching tips to provide a punctuation model.

The book explores the impact of punctuation on reading, understanding, meaning and effect, and can be used as a basis for pupils’ own punctuation or included in their ‘Writer’s Toolkit.' These new Descriptosaurus stories are an indispensable teaching aid for making punctuation fun for all primary teachers and literacy coordinators.

Table of Contents




CHAPTER 1 The Ninjabread Girl


CHAPTER 2 Meet the Characters

Section 1: The Ninjabread Girl

Section 2: Kitsune

Section 3: Punctua (the Fairy Godmother of Writing)

CHAPTER 3 Editing a Story

Section 1: Writing and Editing Tips

Section 2: Sentences

Section 3: Comma Splicing

CHAPTER 4 Capital Letters

Section 1: Beginning of a sentence/names of people

Section 2: Names of places

Section 3: Days of the Week and Months of the Year

Section 4: Editing checklist

CHAPTER 5 Question Marks

CHAPTER 6 Exclamation Marks

CHAPTER 7 Inverted Commas (Speech Marks)

Section 1: When and How to Use Inverted Commas

Section 2: How to Punctuate Inside the Inverted Commas 

CHAPTER 8 Apostrophes

Section 1: Apostrophes for Possession

Section 2: Apostrophes for Contraction

CHAPTER 9 Commas

Section 1: In a list

Section 2: To avoid misunderstandings

Section 3: To separate parts of a sentence


Ninjabread Girl’s Editing Checklist Level 1: punctuation

Ninjabread Girl’s Editing Checklist Level 2: punctuation

Kitsune’s Challenge

Certificate: Editing Level 1

Certificate: Editing Level 2

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Adam Bushnell is an award-winning and Amazon number one best-selling author of fictional and academic books. He works in the UK and internationally in both state and private education delivering creative writing workshops to all ages. His books have been selected by the School Library Association for the "Boys into Books" recommended reading list. Previously a teacher, Adam also delivers CPD to teachers and others working in education on how to inspire writing in the classroom.