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From School Library Journal

Gr 4-8-Reluctant grammar students will be drawn to this comprehensive overview presented in the guise of a superhero guidebook. Preciado gives a clear and engaging introduction, treating each element of sentence structure, part of speech, and punctuation mark as a superhero character with specific powers. Each power is given a concise description, complete with adventure-themed examples reminiscent of classic TV and comic-book situations ("The mutant insects destroy entire cities"). These grammar "superheroes" are cleverly cast as members of various teams, "The Completion Team!" (Parts of a Sentence), "The Amazing Eight!" (Parts of Speech), and "The Super Symbols!" (Punctuation Marks), which form the organization of the book. Together, they have a mission to fight the sworn enemies of good grammar, "The Sabotage Squad!" These villains are the common grammatical mistakes that can prevent a sentence from being strong and correct. Preciado calls on readers to fight for correct grammar, explaining that the superheroes believe that "every sentence, no matter its message, no matter its size, and no matter its complexity, is worth fighting for." Montijo's vibrant, comic-style illustrations nicely complement the narrative tone and are more intuitive than those in similarly styled works. In typical character guidebook fashion, each of the superheroes receives an introductory full-page illustration. Montijo's choices are thoughtful, with expressions and postures clearly indicating the hero's skill or purpose. Additional action-packed illustrations accompany each of the grammar examples. This work stands up to other traditional grammar resources that libraries may already own, but is sure to outshine them with its broad appeal.-Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, Farmington Hills, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Few topics in school can be as dry as English grammar. Enter Super Grammar, a pack of colorfully drawn warriors dedicated to banishing the villainous grammar pitfalls of the Sabotage Squad. Three special teams of heroes are introduced with a brief comic book–style narrative, including the Completion Team, dedicated to preserving coherent sentences; the Amazing Eight, representing each part of speech; and the Super Symbols, who enforce punctuation. The appeal of the format is that it is mnemonic, especially for visual learners. For example, the hero Proper Noun has a perfectly coiffed hairstyle and a monocle, and the masked villain The Run-On is outfitted like a sprinter and dashes by rambling sentences. This personification of abstract ideas does help make grammatical concepts understandable. While more complex aspects of grammar, such as phrases and complex sentences, are not mentioned, the highly appealing format presents basic content that could be a fun complement to any basic grammar textbook. Grades 4-7. --Erin Anderson
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 970L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Reference; Original edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545425158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545425155
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this book from Scholastic as a way to add some fun to my homeschool grammar lessons with my 7-year-old son. I had planned to use it as a supplement, probably just bringing it out every now and then to catch his interest or help with the more difficult lessons. I laid the book down to look at later, and my son saw it. He loves Super Heroes and read through the entire book twice. He was excited about it and kept coming up to me talking about all the things he learned from reading it. When a 7-year-old gets excited about comma splices and double negatives, someone did something right!

The book is well-written, with bright, fun illustrations and characters. The explanations and examples are easy to follow and understand. It really strikes a balance between fun and educational. There are enough explanations and examples to help the child comprehend, but not too much that it overwhelms. I've decided to use it as a primary grammar book and supplement it instead of using it as the supplement. I would highly recommend this to any teacher, homeschool mom, or parent who wants to help their child with grammar.
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I am a homeschooling momma of 5 kids and we are always looking for ways to add fun and giggles to our learning. Grammar is one of those subjects that tends to be harder to do. When my son was learning about "double negatives", I had searched for some funny examples and came across the super grammar website. We giggled and laughed and learned the concept in a very creative way!! So there was no doubt that we had to add this book to our collection!

This book is organized very well and is broken down into four main topics: 1) The Completion Team! (which covers sentence structure), 2) The Amazing Eight! (which covers the 8 main types of words - nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, etc...), 3) The Super Symbols! (covers punctuation), and 4) The Sabotage Squad! (some grammar rules). This layout makes it simple to use as a reference anytime a certain topic comes up.

Definitely one of those books that kids are drawn to pick up and read over and over, and secretly, learning at the same time!!!
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Seriously - what better way is there to get your kids learning anything, than ingeniously utilizing super heroes? Not only is this an incredibly smart idea, sharply written and beautifully illustrated, it's an EXCELLENT grammar book. Teachers and parents, do not miss out on this one!
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I cannot say enough great things about this book. My 11 year old LOVES to read this. I love all of the great information and he loves the superheroes and the comic like text. The only thing we don't like is that there is only 1 book in this series.
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This is a clever twist on the traditional school grammar book, one I wish they'd had when I was a kid. It makes learning one's grammar lessons fun, and is easy to understand and follow. I'd like to see schools passing this around instead of the more old-fashioned books. Plus, the kids approved.
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I am an adult in my early 30's and I am reading this book to improve my grammar skills. I haven't even made it to page 30 yet and I feel like the clouds have parted and I have found a simple and easy way to learn grammar. I actually understand the terminology the authors are using. The simple way the information is presented helps me to see how I was can apply it when i am writing for work or even just a friendly email. I love the super heroes and all the color. I don't often write reviews for books; but I felt compelled to write a review for this book. I have tried several grammar books in the past and none of them held my attention for very long. This book is great. Thanks to the authors and Scholastic for producing such a great book.
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I like everything about this book and so does she... She loves super heros and having them help her with her gammar she is thrilled:) So am I as she is failing in school. I am hoping this will help her for next year!
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I have a super hero theme in my classroom so I was very excited to find this product which not only fits my themes but makes learning about grammar "super" fun! My class is already looking forward to using it next year where I will be featuring it heavily in the editing mini-lessons of my writer's workshop.
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