September 14, 2010

37 Things to Know About Grammar by Matteson Claus

Grammar is confusing, annoying, and perhaps getting worse as the new IMing and texting generations grow up. 37 Things to Know About Grammar by Matteson Claus tries their best in this book to help all of us with these 37 basic things about grammar.

Book Description
“If just the word “grammar” makes you cringe, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. In 37 Things to Know About Grammar, Matteson Claus takes an irreverent look at common grammar gaffes and gives you the tools to slay your grammar gremlins.

• Puzzle out your verb tenses while you hang out with pirates.
• Parse your prepositions with camel-riding bank robbers.
• Conquer parallelism during a discussion of vampire viscera.
• Learn how to corral your commas while Petunia chomps a clerk.
• Avoid the dreaded sentence fragment and still have fun with Dick and Jane.
• And more!

Also included in this handy reference tool are lists of the most commonly misused and misspelled words. This is the book for people at work and leisure so spooked by the grammar gremlins that they’ve heard a bump in the night every time they put pen to paper. Until now.”
– 37 Things to Know About Grammar

My Thoughts
This is a hard review for me to write. Mainly because of the fact that it is about grammar, and I’m a little bit scared I’ll make mistakes. Okay, so I know I will. I’m not perfect, and grammar isn’t easy. There were probably mistakes in those sentences already, oh well. I’m doing my best!

Even though I don’t make big mistakes when it comes to grammar (I hope), I have been known to make some that could have been avoided. 37 Things to Know About Grammar did help refresh my memory of some of these basic, and not so basic rules to grammar.

When in serious doubt about something, it is a great reference guide to just grab and figure it out. Spell check does not work with grammar very well, which you hopefully knew already, right? This really does make it a very effective tool for students, and even writers (like me) who sometimes just don’t remember all the little grammar annoyances that the English language throws at us.

I recommend 37 Things to Know About Grammar by Matteson Claus for everyone who needs to write things often, and perhaps don’t want to be too grammatically incorrect. Not necessarily a “fun” read because it is about grammar, but it is very readable and easily understood.

Thank you to the publisher of 37 Things to Know About Grammar, Turner Publishing, for providing me with a copy for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid for the review, or to write in favor, or not in favor of this product.

1 comment:

T said...

I hate to admit that I am in desperate need of a grammar book... but darnit, sometimes a girl's just gotta own up to her shortcomings! I'll have to check this one out :)