REVIEWS: THE SCOOP ON GOOD GRAMMAR AN ILLUSTRATED GRAMMAR GUIDE
READERS' FAVORITE, 5 STARS, Bil Howard
“English teachers who are looking for a new approach to teaching grammar will fall in love with this book. . . . This book should be on the shelf of every person who writes or speaks the English language.”
The Scoop on Good Grammar by Margie Blumberg is not only informative and easy to use, but is also fun to use. The book begins with the basic parts of a sentence and the eight parts of speech. It then progresses through those problem areas of making words plural and showing possession. It tackles the tough subjects of relative, demonstrative, indefinite, interrogative, intensive, and reflexive pronouns, before taking a dive into adjectives. The action heats up as the verbs rush into the picture, sporting various twists and turns. Capitalization and punctuation bring up the tail end, showing how important they are to the meaning of a sentence. Finally, a plethora of special words and phrases, that have a tendency to trip up even the most athletic readers, writers, and speakers, join the chase toward the finish. The answers to the quizzes which were included throughout the book allow the reader to discover how well they have advanced through the grammar lessons. Exploration, art, food, sports, movies, poetry, and travel are used as themes to help draw the reader’s interest to a sometimes dull subject.
Margie Blumberg has designed a method of teaching grammar that is presented in an interesting and lighthearted manner that lessens the struggle. Her approach makes this sometimes dry subject more like eating cookies at “grammer’s” house than trying to choke down “grammar” from a text book. The graphics and photography add a great deal to making the subject matter easier to swallow. The book is not only easy to read and use, but it is also easy to reference for someone who needs a quick answer to a grammatical challenge. English teachers who are looking for a new approach to teaching grammar will fall in love with this book. Students, writers, and those experiencing the English language for the first time should refer to this guide first, because it is easy to use and addresses some of the more difficult challenges in a concise and accurate manner. This book should be on the shelf of every person who writes or speaks the English language.
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.
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW,Diane Donovan
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.
READERS' FAVORITE, 5 STARS, Tania Staley
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.
READERS' FAVORITE, 5 STARS, Jack Magnus
The Scoop on Good Grammar by Margie Blumberg is an easy-to-follow grammar manual. Each section contains a non-grammatical topic that serves as a focus for examples of the grammatical subject covered. The Scoop on Good Grammar covers parts of speech, tenses, case and punctuation, and has self-checking quizzes at the end of each section. This guide is geared towards just about anyone with an interest in language -- from the ESL learner to high school and college students to freelance writers. Common errors and misconceptions are explained with examples showing the correct and incorrect usages. Blumberg also differentiates between what is acceptable and preferable where appropriate. If you get confused between "lie" and "lay" and "bring" and "take", you'll feel a lot better after working through her sections on these verbs.
I have always been interested in grammar and how language works, and have read many books on the subject. I was intrigued when I read a description of The Scoop on Good Grammar by Margie Blumberg. This is one of the most accessible grammar books I have come across. It's really quite entertaining; however, some of the introductory topics may make you hungry. While ingesting verb forms, pronouns, and punctuation, you'll learn about the history of cupcakes and bagels, and what the workers in a pizzeria are called. You'll also learn fascinating details on sculptures, cities, and man's first steps on the moon. Blumberg takes what can be a complex, dry, and exacting subject and makes it fun and understandable. I like The Scoop on Good Grammar and know exactly where to go whenever I need grammatical information. Even those who shudder at the thought of grammar books should be pleasantly surprised and enlightened by The Scoop on Good Grammar.
READERS' FAVORITE, 5 STARS, Michael McManus
Do not pick up The Scoop on Good Grammar by Margie Blumberg thinking it is just another boring book on the rules of the English language. While it is a comprehensive guide to English grammar, it is in no way boring. Ms. Blumberg presents the parts of speech and the rules that govern them in a way that allows you to read them as if you were reading a story. Each chapter begins with a paragraph or two about a topic that is not related to the subject the author is teaching, but it gets your attention as she explains how the different parts of speech are used. For instance, she uses a paragraph about ice skating to introduce you to verbs, explaining that the action in the paragraph is described using verbs. Later in the book, the author uses movies to explain the concept of capitalizing titles.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I felt that Margie Blumberg put great effort into simplifying the rules of grammar so that almost anyone at any level can understand them. She uses fonts in varying colors and sizes to emphasize her points, and she supplies more excellent examples of the rules than any other book of this kind. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has the desire to communicate correctly via the written word. The author who needs to brush up on the rules will find it easy to navigate, and the student will find it complete.
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."