Literary Birthday – 1 October – Brian P. Cleary


Happy Birthday, Brian P. Cleary, born 1 October 1959

Quotes

  1. I like all things grammatical, and I had already written several books about parts of speech, and even the alphabet, so everything that makes up a sentence and even a word was covered except for punctuation.
  2. Whatever story you’re telling, it will be more interesting if, at the end you add, “and then everything burst into flames”.
  3. Any cupcake consumed before 9AM is, technically, a muffin.
  4. I love the semicolon; it’s unnecessary, but graceful and sophisticated.
  5. In writing I found something I could do at least as well as my peers, if not better.
  6. There’s no such thing as free kittens.

Brian P. Cleary is an American humorist, poet, inventor, and children’s author. He is best known for his books that explore grammar in humorous ways written for grade-school children. They include Hairy, Scary, Ordinary: What Is an Adjective? and Dearly, Nearly, Insincerely: What Is an Adverb?

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 by Amanda Patterson