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Book Review: The Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Mae Robinson

2 Mar

Finally! An easy-to-understand grammar book with fun grammar lessons. The Dragon Grammar Book is the ideal grammar book for kids, dragons, and adults alike. From multi-award winning children’s fantasy author, Diane Mae Robinson, The Dragon Grammar Book introduces middle grades through adults to the basic rules of the English language with easy grammar lessons. Featuring the zany fantasy characters in the author’s The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, The Dragon Grammar Book is sure to be enjoyed by the whole kingdom.

“With clear examples and fun activities, this book is a must-have for readers and aspiring writers.” -Peter Takach, English Teacher and Grammarian

Purchase Links: Amazon, Amazon.ca, Smashwords, B&N

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What an amazing book! Diane Mae Robinson has taken the complexities of grammar and made them as easy as possible. Although she uses the characters of The Pen Pieyu Adventures series, this grammar book is a great resource for adults as well as children. In fact, there are a couple things listed that I often have to look up when I’m proofreading. I tagged those chapters and will keep them as a reference.

At the end of each chapter is a short quiz about that chapter, and at the end of the book are a couple longer and more involved tests. These are good practice to make sure the reader understands the concepts.

I definitely recommend The Dragon Grammar Book. Thank you to Diane Mae Robinson for a helpful resource for everyone!

 

About the Author

Diane lives in a hilltop castle surrounded by a magical forest. In this forest, many magical and fantasy creatures dwell and are Diane’s inspiration for writing fantasy. The author’s fantasy/adventure children’s chapter book series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures, has won 11 prestigious book awards. Diane is also an artist, art teacher, writing instructor, international short story contest judge, and children’s book editor.

Book Awards:

Sir Princess Petra, Sir Princess Petra’s Talent, Sir Princess Petra’s Mission
– 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award (Literary Award)
– 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award
– 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
– 2014 Sharp Writ Book Award
– 2014 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
– 2015 Children’s Literary Classics Book Award
– 2015 Children’s Literary Classic “Seal of Approval”
– 2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award
– 2015 Los Angeles Book Fair Award
– 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
– 2016 Book Excellence Award
– 2017 Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval
– 2017 Children’s Literary Classics Book Award
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Book Review: Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman

21 Jan

24352757Title: Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person

Author: Barbara Venkataraman

Genre: Humor, Education

Publication Date: January 5, 2015

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About the Book 

Fear not, Gentle Writer, Mrs. Grammar Person is here and she has the answers to all of the questions you never thought to ask. As a dedicated and serious grammarian, she will do what it takes to be entertaining and enlightening, but never vulgar or coarse. Heavens, no! Where are her smelling salts? Warm and witty, Mrs. G.P. makes grammar interesting with rhyming, wishful thinking, story-telling and a champagne toast. You are cordially invited to join her for a spot of tea!

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

I’ve read a couple of books by Barbara Venkataraman and I liked both of them. She has a great sense of humor, which I enjoyed not only in A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamaties, but also in the mystery, Death by Didgeridoo.

When I accept a book by an author I already know I like, I often don’t read a summary of the book ahead of time. Sometimes, as in this case, I am surprised.

Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person is not only cute and witty but a fun way to brush up on your grammar. I can also see it as a great tool for English teachers. Reading this book in school would be such a wonderful way to refresh students’ grammar skills each year.

There are so many tips and reminders. This is one of my favorites: “She lays her head on the pillow and waits for her devotees to understand the difference between lie and lay. Lay must always have an object. Thus, you lay the book on the counter, but lie down. One way to remember this is to tell yourself that people lie, but Mrs. G. P. disagrees, believing that most people are honest and good.”

I definitely recommend Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person

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About the Author

5779805Barbara Venkataraman is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law. She is the author of “The Fight for Magicallus,” a children’s fantasy, “If you’d Just Listened to Me in the First Place,” a humorous short story and two books of humorous essays: “I’m Not Talking about You, Of Course,” and “A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities,” which are part of an ongoing series entitled “Quirky Essays for Quirky People.” 

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