The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals

By Robin Pulver

Illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed

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This is the story of the adventures that Mr. Wright’s classroom goes on when the capital letters in the class are out of shape from misuse. The students are not able to capitalize correctly and a letter is sent to the principal so a medical team can be summoned to do CPR-Capital Posture Repair.

The story is written to help children understand the use of capitalization and punctuation in a light-hearted story that will amuse and entertain children, but still teach grammar.  It is a great read aloud to introduce letter writing to second graders.  The book highlights capital letters in the story and also teaches children which words need to be capitalized in a sentence or letter.  There is even an example of a letter to the principal with parts of a letter identified in the margin along with the capital letters.  A handy reference tool is noted at the back of the book with useful tools about when to use capital letters.

Children will love the bright colored pictures and humorous drawings of the alphabet and will chuckle when an ambulance is called on due to neglect of capital letters.

The author, Robin Pulver, is a popular picture book author who has a website at  She has written four other similar books on grammar for children such as Happy Endings, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, Punctuation Takes a Vacation, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear.

  • Incapacitated CapitalsTitle:  The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals
  • Author:  Robin Pulver
  • Illustrator:  Lynn Rowe Reed
  • Publisher:  Holiday House, Inc.
  • Reviewer:  Rebecca L. Wagner
  • Hardback:  31 pages
  • ISBN:  978-0-8234-2402-3
  • Genre:  Fiction-Teachers/School

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