"Can grammar be fun? Well, 'fun' might be too strong a word — but it can be made less painless, and this is exactly what Margie Blumberg has done in The Scoop on Good Grammar. The book is filled with numerous illustrations, lots of puns, and many, many examples of proper grammar usage taken from common cultural sources such as films, sports, and the arts. Most important, this book is filled with good, clear grammar instructions that are enhanced by the addition of lots of examples and quizzes (answers included).
"Apparently, the The Scoop on Good Grammar started life as an eBook, but has since been revised, and reissued as a print book. Having seen an eBook version of this book, I think that it works much better as a printed reference. Just keep it in a handy location so that you can refer to it whenever you come across a sticky grammar question. Finding what you need has been made even easier by the inclusion of a comprehensive index that directs you straight to the topic you are looking for.
"The Scoop on Good Grammar uses American English, and it is ideal for anyone starting with middle grade readers on up. It will also be of use to more advanced ESL learners and for adults seeking a quick and lively refresher on the fundamentals of English grammar."
DIANE DONOVAN, EBOOK REVIEWER, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Any reader looking for a simple discussion of elementary grammar rules and how good grammar differs from barely acceptable grammar will find THE SCOOP ON GOOD GRAMMAR an enlightening survey that uses cultural icons as part of its education process.
"Where other discussions of grammar provide dry rules or confusing admonishments, THE SCOOP ON GOOD GRAMMAR bases its lessons on entertaining, real-life examples. Trivia, color photos, popular cultural icons and more serve as the foundation for teaching these grammar basics.
"Chapters such as ‘The Definition of a Sentence’ and ‘The Functions of Words’ thus hold attention-grabbing fun, as in a depiction of the oil-on-canvas painting PIERRE-AUGUSTE RENOIR’S LUNCHEON OF THE BOATING PARTY, used as a key example to illustrate nouns AND art. Readers move on to receive insights on concepts of concrete, abstract and collective nouns and also receive a fun chapter covering plural nouns, which uses the image of San Francisco’s twisty Lombard Street as an example: “As you zigzag down Lombard Street, you’ll notice colorful flowers. Speaking of flowers, most nouns, such as flower, can be singular (i.e., one flower) or plural (i.e., more than one: two flowers). Another example: One driver . . . many drivers.”
"Color photos, sidebars of information, and concluding chapter quizzes enliven the entire presentation and make it simple and fun to absorb the basics of good grammar in an easy guide that can be used for ESL students, adults seeking a refresher course, or students learning grammar basics.
"The focus is on non-intimidating chapters of explanation, which means there’s no assumption of prior grammar knowledge. A lively format filled with contemporary examples links basic grammar skills to everyday experience and creates a useful and fun presentation: highly recommended for any who would learn or re-absorb the basics."
☆☆☆☆☆ TANIA STALEY, READERS' FAVORITE
"Should I compliment or complement Margie Blumberg on her fantastic guide to grammar? The answer to this question and to the many grammar predicaments we find ourselves in on a daily basis can be found in Margie Blumberg’s The Scoop on Good Grammar. This wonderful breakdown of the English language is simple enough for late elementary and middle school students, yet comprehensive enough for high school and college students, and even writers and editors like me. In seven chapters, broken into 26 mini-lessons, Blumberg helps resolve the many areas of confusion that so many English speakers and writers face. It is a fun and fast little learning tool and a must-have for anyone wanting to teach others or improve their own grammar skills. So, if you want the inside scoop on the ins-and-outs of grammar etiquette, get a copy of Margie Blumberg’s book today.
"The Scoop on Good Grammar is a book that should be in every grammarian’s library. It is a quick and easy guide to all those little tangles every writer finds themselves in. It is full of comprehensive lists of grammar rules and exceptions that make fantastic reference tools for quick study and answers needed in a hurry. The bright pictures and intriguing topics, including space travel, food, and sports, used to introduce the topics make this a book that people will be drawn to and will actually want to read – unlike the stuffy grammar books that so many students have grown accustomed to. I highly recommend The Scoop on Good Grammar to teachers and students alike, and I look forward to what other lessons Margie Blumberg has to teach us."
MATINA N., REVIEWER: 5 STARS: "I love this book. Creative and fun it sheds a whole new light on learning/strengthening your grammatical skills. Each chapter is fun and engaging, and I never imagined having so much fun learning!
"This is a great tool for anyone looking to have and use better grammar, as well as a great refresher for those who've just grown a little rusty."
MELODY G., REVIEWER 5 STARS: "FABULOUS!! Wish I had this when I first started my pr career, this book is clear, concise and a must have for the office."
CONNIE MARTELO 5 STARS: "My children find it amusing that I like to read books about grammar. They think that grammar is a boring but necessary subject; however, I read the books as refresher courses to insure that my writing is the best that it can be. I also love English, and I really enjoy books like this.
"If you could use a refresher course or are in need of help with grammar, this is a good place to start. The lessons are concise, interesting and easy to understand."
MARIA F., REVIEWER 5 STARS: "It's a great book. I've read it in one seat and couldn't love it more."
SHALA B., PhD, EDUCATOR 5 STARS: "Introduction to grammar most likely aimed at native speakers of English. Could also possibly be a reference for a more advanced student of English."
ALYSA S., REVIEWER 5 STARS: "The scoop is a great learning tool and reference guide.The little history lessons used as examples and added in are a great touch. Great for use as a guide in classrooms for grammar or to brush up on your own sentence structure. i would definitely recommend, and keep a copy on my shelf."
TRACY F., REVIEWER 4/5 STARS: "When I'm not reading, keeping up with housework, or cooking the family meals, I work for a company helping with the relaunch of a travel website. I spend a huge portion of my day editing blogs, articles, and blurbs. The lack of grammar skills I've encountered, especially when I'm hiring writers, is always upsetting. I understand it though. My own daughter's teacher once told me they are not focusing as heavily on grammar because "spellcheck programs do it for today's kids." That statement still upsets me. Margie Blumberg has come up with an intuitive guide to help people with grammar. It starts with the basics, such as what is an adverb, and progresses into the more complex stuff. Have you ever stumbled with when to use a colon? Does noun-verb agreement create a stumbling block you cannot overcome? The Scoop on Good Grammar is here to help. It's written in an easy to follow manner and has quizzes and pop culture references to help the material sink in. Now, there are other books out there that I love, so I can't say this is my favorite grammar guide, but it takes a close second to books Grammar Girl has written. If you need to start from the very beginning with sentence structure, Margie Blumberg's is the far better choice. Find The Scoop on Good Grammar at retailers like BN.com and Amazon.com. It's an August 2015 release from MB Publishing, so you won't have to wait long to receive your own copy!"
ACCOUNT D., REVIEWER 4/5 STARS: "This is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn how to make the most of the words they use. The advice is easy to follow, and has the ability to make such a positive difference in the grades of students, and the work of bloggers and freelance writers. A wonderful addition to any resource library."