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Book Review: Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person by Barbara Venkataraman
Title: Tea Time with Mrs. Grammar Person
Author: Barbara Venkataraman
Genre: Humor, Education
Publication Date: January 5, 2015
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!
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.
About the Author
Barbara 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.”