Secret History of Grammar: An Epic Fantasy

Secret History of Grammar: An Epic Fantasy

by Russell Shorto, Robert Cwiklik, Matt Faulkner
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6 ``Never fear, grammar is here,'' crows Golphe, the Ruler of Speech and Thought and protagonist of what its publishers modestly call ``this amazing book which is both an epic fantasy and a guide to English grammar.'' If you suspect this claim is a tiny bit inflated, you're right. For The Phantom Tollbooth this ain'ter, isn't. Instead it's a clumsy combination of textbook and would-be epic, whichas an introduction to grammarseems too sophisticated for its intended audience and whichas epicis too episodic to sustain interest. Moreover its characters are far too one-dimensional to invite any degree of reader empathy (how does one cozy up to an adverb?). Ironically the best part of the book is its nonverbal part: Faulkner's visually witty (but uneven) illustrations. Unfortunately, like the authors' good intentions, these drawings do little more than adorn the text. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780943718064
Publisher:
Kipling Press
Publication date:
09/28/1988
Series:
Storytexts Ser.
Pages:
160
Age Range:
10 Years

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