The Upper Case: Trouble in Capital City

By: Tara Lazar

Illustrator: Ross MacDonald

Just when Private I thinks all is calm—now that he’s cracked the case of 7 Ate 9—Question Mark storms into the office.

Mark is worried. All the uppercase letters are M-I-S-S-I-N-G! But that’s absurd. This is CAPITAL City! Private I is the last letter standing. Will he solve his BIGGEST mystery yet, the UPPER CASE, before it’s too late?!

Filled with the same humor, wit, and quirkiness of the surprise hit 7 Ate 9, comes another laugh-out-loud whodunit.

Full-color illustrations.

ISBN: 9781368027656

JLG Release: Mar 2020


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Alphabet letters , Punctuation , Mystery and detective stories , Humorous stories

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In this second title starring Private I, all of the uppercase letters—with the exception of our hero—have disappeared. “This was serious…If all the capital letters were gone, there’d be incomplete sentences dangling everywhere.” Private I tries to question Hyphen, Period, Ampersand, Apostrophe, and Comma, but they are all busy “dashin In this second title starring Private I, all of the uppercase letters—with the exception of our hero—have disappeared. “This was serious…If all the capital letters were gone, there’d be incomplete sentences dangling everywhere.” Private I tries to question Hyphen, Period, Ampersand, Apostrophe, and Comma, but they are all busy “dashing around,” stopping traffic, minding p’s and q’s, packing belongings, and listing chores, respectively. Only the Quotation Twins are available: “‘Yeah, something’s definitely up, besides us…But don’t quote us on that.’” Worst of all, I’s favorite waitress, B, never showed up at work that morning. A mysterious glow from an abandoned part of town finally rouses his attention. Following B’s trail of order slips, Private I discovers the missing letters trapped on a marquee, by none other than …Exclamation! “‘He promised to put us all in the movies…I always wanted to see my name in lights...Lock him up and throw away the keyboard!’” cries B. It turns out, poor Exclamation only wanted a little peace and quiet. “Capital letters are always calling me…They want me to join them. As if they’re not loud enough on their own!” I ties up the case and is reunited with his girl. Clever wordplay and MacDonald’s colorful retro illustrations add to the fun. The anthropomorphized letters and punctuation marks are accessorized with hats, shoes, ties, earrings, aprons, etc. Ampersand pushes her “p’s and q’s” in a double stroller, and the Grammar Police are represented by a pony-tailed Elements of Style and mustached Chicago Manual of Style. This lively introduction to punctuation belongs in every elementary classroom.

Book Details

ISBN

9781368027656

First Release

March 2020

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9" x 9"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Disney-Hyperion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Alphabet letters, Punctuation, Mystery and detective stories, Humorous stories,

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