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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, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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It would be hard to find a funnier children’s guide to writing and grammar than this one—or a writer with greater credibility on the topic than Gutman, whose My Weird School and Baseball Card Adventures series have persuaded many young readers that they can handle chapter books and, even better, enjoy them. Always entertaining and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, this guidebook leads off with an introduction, entitled “Don’t Be a Dumbhead,” explaining why readers should care about the topic. The first half of the book deals with writing and revision, while the second half presents grammar, complete with confessional comments (“Lie or Lay? I get this one wrong all the time”); spelling tricks; and amusing sample sentences. Cartoon-style drawings add to the fun. A broad range of readers will find the book helpful. Insecure students will benefit from the disarming presentation, while motivated ones will appreciate the short list of websites that publish student writing. A comical yet practical introduction to writing. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: My Weird School
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062091077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062091079
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Nailor on August 3, 2013
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This is a great little book that encourages kids (approx. ages 7-10) to be creative with writing. Gutman offers practical advice about story telling in a very down-to-earth way that is excellent for young people without talking down to them. He is explains his own process for finding ideas and drafting his books. My daughter loves it and has been inspired to write creatively since receiving this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meadow on August 9, 2013
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Bought this for my 2nd grader. He thought it was hilarious like all the other wired school books. Also does have some good tips. My son wants to be a writer because of Dan Gutman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Firefly on February 1, 2014
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My son (10 yrs) HATES to write but loves Dan Gutman's Weird School Days series. He read this book and enjoyed it just as much as those in the series and got excited about writing for the first time ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mo on August 29, 2013
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I purchased the books for my Sister & Niece, who are both teachers. I thought it would help them to get across to their students and apparently they thought so too.
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By Marcie on September 14, 2013
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This book is by the same author, Dan Gutman, who writes the series, My Weirder School. Hense the book's name, My Weird Writing Tips. The writing tips aren't weird at all. In fact, they're quite practical. This book is geared toward a younger audience. The book suggests ages 8-12, and I agree with that. With the help of two of his characters, Andrea and Arlo, Gutman gives tips on how to be better writers. This book is good for any kid who has expressed an interest in writing. It gives a realistic view on writing as well. He also includes quotes from famous authors to help illustrate his points. This is an easy to understand guide that kids can use as a valuable tool.
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Every elementary and junior high library should have a copy, or three, of this book on the shelves. A.J and Andrea, those quirky characters from the must read series My Weird School Days, help illustrate some of the complicated rules of grammar that all kids DREAD learning. Dan Gutman also gives helpful insight into how to write a non-fiction report in basic easy to follow steps. Gutman has a way of delivering boring information in a humorous memorable way.
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By Frank Pinto on January 23, 2014
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Both my son (7 yrs old) and I enjoyed the book, he said he really learned a few things that will help him when he has to write. Writing is something that he hates to do, so anything that helps him is a definate PLUS in my book.
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Heck, I learned stuff from this book. And he's been making a living writing for, well, a while now, so he oughta know what he's talking about, right?
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