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Brian P. Cleary

Lerner Publishing Group

Fiction, Nonfiction
United States

Born in Lakewood, Ohio, the third oldest of nine children, Brian P. Cleary grew up reading the bouncy rhymes of Dr. Seuss. A frustrated student and reluctant learner, Brian daydreamed from class to class until being introduced to poetry at about age eight. Intrigued, he set on a course to explore the wonder of words.He "grew up" in one of the 5 largest creative divisions in the world—American Greetings. He has put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, William Shatner and Christina Aguilera, been anthologized with Jack Prelutsky, Kenn Nesbitt, and Lemony Snicket and authored and sold more than 3 million children's books.As a humorist, writer, and poet, Brian P. Cleary shows kids how to play with words. He believes that humor is not only a fun way to learn, but an effective way to teach. His best-selling Words Are CATegorical series, which introduces young readers to different types of words through rhyming verse and illustrations of comical cartoon cats, has been compared to the likes of Dr. Seuss, while his books of poetry and puns have been honored alongside the works of Roald Dahl and Shel Silverstein. Fondly known as the “word nerd,” Brian lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee: What is an Insect?
  • Catfish, Cod, Salmon, and Scrod: What is a Fish?
  • Dolphin, Fox, Hippo, and Ox: What is a Mammal?
  • Salamander, Frog, and Polliwog: What is an Amphibian?
  • Sparrow, Eagle, Penguin, and Seagull: What is a Bird?
  • Tortoise, Tree Snake, Gator, and Sea Snake: What is a Reptile?
  • A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare: More about Homonyms and Homophones
  • Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest: What are Comparatives and Superlatives?
  • But and For, Yet and Nor: What is a Conjunction?
  • Chips and Cheese and Nana’s Knees: What is Alliteration?
  • Cool! Whoa! Ah and Oh! What is an Interjection?
  • Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What is an Adverb?
  • Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies: What are Irregular Plurals?
  • -Ful and –Less, -Er and –Ness: What is a Suffix?
  • Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What is an Adjective?
  • How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear? What are Homonyms and Homophones?
  • I and You and Don’t Forget Who: What is a Pronoun?
  • I’m and Won’t, They’re and Don’t: What’s a Contraction?
  • Lazily, Craftily, Just a Bit Nastily: More about Adverbs
  • A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More about Nouns
  • Madam and Nun and 1001: What is a Palindrome?
    A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What is a Noun?
  • Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know: What is a Synonym?
  • Pre- and Re-, Mis- and Dis-: What is a Prefix?
  • Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky: More about Adjectives
  • Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What are Similes and Metaphors?
  • Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp: More about Verbs
  • Stop and Go, Yes and No: What is an Antonym?
  • Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy: More about Antonyms
  • Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk: More about Synonyms
  • Thumbtack, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick: What is a Compound Word?
  • To Root, to Toot, to Parachute: What is a Verb?
  • Under, Over, By the Clover: What is a Preposition?
  • The Bug in the Jug Wants a Hug a Short Vowel Sounds Book
  • The Clown in the Gown Drives the Car with the Star: A Book about Dipthongs and R-Controlled Vowels
  • The Frail Snail on the Trail: A Long Vowel Sounds Book with Consonant Blends
  • The Nice Mice in the Rice: A Long Vowel Sounds Book
  • The Peaches on the Beaches: A Book about Inflectional Endings
  • Stop, Drop, and Flop in the Slop: A Short Vowel Sounds Book with Consonant Blends
  • The Thing on the Wing Can Sing: A Short Vowel Sounds Book with Consonant Digraphs
  • Whose Shoes Would You Choose? A Long Vowel Sounds Book with Consonant Digraphs
  • And So, so much more!