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Brian P. Cleary

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, and author. He is best known for his books written for grade-school children that explore grammar, math and poetry in humorous ways. In his role in the digital division of American Greetings, he's put words in the mouths of Dolly Parton, Christina Aguilera, William Shatner, Meghan Trainor and more. The multi-million selling author has performed poetry workshops in 500 elementary schools across the county. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Books by Brian P. Cleary

Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know, 20th Anniversary Edition

What Is a Synonym?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Under, Over, By the Clover, 20th Anniversary Edition

What Is a Preposition?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Stop and Go, Yes and No, 20th Anniversary Edition

What Is an Antonym?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

I and You and Don't Forget Who, 20th Anniversary Edition

What Is a Pronoun?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely, 20th Anniversary Edition

What Is an Adverb?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Nothing Loopy about This

What Are Loops and Conditionals?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Bugs That Make Your Computer Crawl

What Are Computer Bugs?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

This Python Isn't a Snake

What Are Coding Languages and Syntax?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

You Can't Dance to These Rhythms

What Are Algorithms?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Chips and Cheese and Nana's Knees

What Is Alliteration?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

A Bat Cannot Bat, a Stair Cannot Stare

More about Homonyms and Homophones

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It

A Book about Time

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Breezier, Cheesier, Newest, and Bluest

What Are Comparatives and Superlatives?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Madam and Nun and 1001

What Is a Palindrome?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

A Dollar, a Penny, How Much and How Many?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

-Ful and -Less, -Er and -Ness

What Is a Suffix?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies

What Are Irregular Plurals?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

A Fraction's Goal — Parts of a Whole

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Butterfly, Flea, Beetle, and Bee

What Is an Insect?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Catfish, Cod, Salmon, and Scrod

What Is a Fish?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Sparrow, Eagle, Penguin, and Seagull

What Is a Bird?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Salamander, Frog, and Polliwog

What Is an Amphibian?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Tortoise, Tree Snake, Gator, and Sea Snake

What Is a Reptile?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

Dolphin, Fox, Hippo, and Ox

What Is a Mammal?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Martin Goneau

A-B-A-B-A—a Book of Pattern Play

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

But and For, Yet and Nor

What Is a Conjunction?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk

What Are Similes and Metaphors?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Thumbtacks, Earwax, Lipstick, Dipstick

What Is a Compound Word?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes

And Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Steve Mack

Cool! Whoa! Ah and Oh!

What Is an Interjection?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

I'm and Won't, They're and Don't

What's a Contraction?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

But and For, Yet and Nor

What Is a Conjunction?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk

What Are Similes and Metaphors?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky

More about Adjectives

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

How Long or How Wide?

A Measuring Guide

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Windows, Rings, and Grapes — a Look at Different Shapes

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Straight and Curvy, Meek and Nervy

More about Antonyms

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

On the Scale, a Weighty Tale

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Stroll and Walk, Babble and Talk

More about Synonyms

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

The Action of Subtraction

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime

More about Nouns

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Lazily, Crazily, Just a Bit Nasally

More about Adverbs

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Quirky, Jerky, Extra Perky

More about Adjectives

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

The Mission of Addition

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?

What Are Homonyms and Homophones?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Pitch and Throw, Grasp and Know

What Is a Synonym?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Slide and Slurp, Scratch and Burp

More about Verbs

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Stop and Go, Yes and No

What Is an Antonym?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

I and You and Don't Forget Who

What Is a Pronoun?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Under, Over, By the Clover

What Is a Preposition?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable

Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely

What Is an Adverb?

by (author) Brian P. Cleary
illustrated by Brian Gable