Learn basic grammar principles and literary techniques such as alliteration, metaphors, and hyperbole.
Fuzzy on punctuation? Bamboozled by adverbs? Perplexed by the difference between idioms and irony? This Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar is packed with simple definitions (commas are used to separate words in a sentence and help readers know when to pause), memorable examples (The vampire loves cooking, his teddy bear, and his goldfish.), and funny illustrations that make the rules of language easy to understand. Turn each page to learn the basic rules of grammar and parts of speech, and discover the literary devices that make good writers great, including alliteration, similes, hyperbole, and much more. Turning what can at times be dry topics into something approachable and fun, The Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar is sure to delight readers of all ages. Flex your literary muscles, and soon you'll be a regular wordsmith!
Heidi Fiedler has written and edited more than 300 books for clients ranging from Target to Barnes & Noble. As a former editor for Teacher Created Materials, she has a wealth of editorial and writing experience, including more than 180 nonfiction books in partnership with Time for Kids; 90 picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade novels; plus a wide variety of activity books and arts and crafts books.
Brendan Kearney is a children's book illustrator based in St. Albans. His unique and quirky portfolio includes work for some of the UK's largest publishers.
In the "Know-Nonsense" Guide to Honing Writing Skills round-up:
Heidi Fiedler’s The Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the Way We Use Words! (Walter Foster, Apr. 2017; Gr 3-6) is designed for students who may need just an extra push when it comes to grammar (“This book tackles key concepts that are introduced in school, but might be confusing the first time around….”). Three sections focus on different parts of speech, general grammar rules, and common literary devices.
The text, in conjunction with Brendan Kearney’s soft and rounded cartoon illustrations, uses humor to make potentially complex concepts comprehensible. For instance, the spread on alliteration features a “happy hedgehog” that “has a huge house” and the entry for adjectives stars a band of brave pirates. With large font, consistent layouts, and friendly artwork, this is an accessible resource for kids who are looking to build on or strengthen their grammar skills, either at home or in the classroom.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal