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My weird writing tips
2013
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Facing off against the convention wisdom among some that "CUL8R is the same as see you later" and that "Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are boring," Gutman provides compelling evidence why those kids should change their thinking: "You sound like a dumbhead." With help from Andrea and A.J., two characters from his My Weird School series, Gutman walks readers through the basics of writing and revising stories ("Move it along. Get to the point. You don't want your readers to die from old age while they're reading your story"), before moving on to common grammatical pitfalls and spelling woes. With pitch-perfect humor and forthright, no-nonsense encouragement, it's an ideal writing and grammar guide for kids who typically wouldn't touch one with a 10-foot poll. Er, pole. Ages 8-12. Author's agent: Liza Pulitzer Voges, Eden Street Literary. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-With the help of his characters Arlo, Emily, and Andrea, Gutman makes grammar entertaining. However, his introduction is immediately off-putting as he states that anyone who regularly uses bad grammar sounds like a "dumbhead." In a school environment where students juggle two or more languages, along with the other aches and pains of growing up, calling someone a "dumbhead" for not using proper grammar is unacceptable. Gutman fills the book with helpful information, including how to start writing a short story, how to organize research for nonfiction writing, and how to master confusing words like "their, they're, there." The book is readable, with kid-friendly language and valid suggestions and tricks. Perhaps teachers could use excerpts, rather than handing students the book itself.-Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
<p>With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!</p> <p>The ability to put thoughts into writing is an essential skill vital to success in school--from elementary school through college. Bestselling author Dan Gutman helps kids master this important skill with his fun, informative writing guide, My Weird Writing Tips.<br> <br> <br> <br> Dan offers tricks for spelling hard words, understanding the difference between similar words like "its" and "it's," and conquering grammar stumbling blocks like commas and apostrophes. He also teaches readers how to write an engaging story, in line with the grades 2-5 Common Core goals for writing a narrative.<br> <br> <br> <br> With illustrated appearances from A.J. and Andrea, stars of his bestselling My Weird School series, and with his trademark wacky sense of humor, Dan makes learning the writing and storytelling basics so fun kids will forget they're learning.</p>
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