Nov 18, 09
Read in November, 2009
Really, 4 1/2 stars. I am nervous to write a review for this book because I am sure I will make some sort of grammatical error, thus demonstrating that I didn't learn ANYTHING. I thought this book was fabulous -- everything a grammar-loving nerd could want. If you consider yourself somewhat proficient in grammar (ahem), you will enjoy smiling with smug satisfaction every time the author addresses a grammar faux pas that bothers you too. I actually applauded when she ranted about those signs people hang up outside their houses with their family name written as a possessive instead of a plural. There is a house next door to Sofie's piano teacher with a lamppost sign reading "The Reuker's" (name changed to protect the guilty), and it makes me cringe every time I see it. The letters to grammar-offending celebrities are also great -- grammar rehab for Justin Timberlake -- excellent!
This book also works as a reference guide, with lists of commonly misspelled words, words that are often mixed-up (insure/ensure, affect/effect), and there's even a handy to chart to help with the whole lie/lay thing. (I'll never get it right!!)
Throw in a lot of references to The Princess Bride, a list of the Latin roots of Harry Potter spells, and a super snarky sense of humor, and you've got yourself a winner.
I'll end with my favorite quote from the book, "You can't make the past perfect, but there's no need to make the present tense!"
Okay, maybe I should have gone with 5 stars...