1st Edition

Descriptosaurus Punctuation in Action Year 1: The Ninjabread Girl

By Adam Bushnell Copyright 2022
    86 Pages 90 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    86 Pages 90 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.




    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


    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.