The Great Grammar Book by Kate Petty – Review
The Great Grammar Book by Kate Petty – Reviewed by Stacey
Author – Kate Petty
Illustrator – Jennie Maizels
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 14
Release Date – 7th July 2016
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
A brilliantly interactive book from award-winning illustrator Jennie Maizels that makes learning grammar fun!
Turn the wheels, lift the flaps and pull the tabs to learn all about nouns, punctuation and sentences. Play heads bodies and legs to find out about adjectives, look in the mirror to discover what a pronoun is, and take a dog for a walk as he explains prepositions!
The Great Grammar Book was released a few years back and has just been re-released. It is a wonderful, fun, colourful learning aid for any child trying to understand the world of grammar.
From verbs to adverbs, nouns to conjunctions, and much, much more, the book covers them all in an easy to understand, eye catching, interesting manner.
The author used unique techniques and animal characters to keep the children interested. Meet Nicola Noun, Vera Verb, Alan Adjective, Annie Adverb, Percy Pronoun, plus many more.
Children will love spinning the wheel, pulling the many tabs, and enjoy the pop up scenes. The book was illustrated by award winning illustrator Jennie Maizels. Her illustrations in the book are bold, beautiful and very eye catching.
When in comes to learning some children thrive in the classroom, others need a more hands on approach, and easy to understand methods, this book does just that.
This would be just as useful at home as it would be in the classroom.
A lovely educational book that will help kids and most likely some adults with their grammar skills.
Reviewed by Stacey
Kate Petty lived in Cornwall with her husband, Mike, before tragically dying from cancer in May 2007. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.
The author of a number of novelty and pop-up books, including the innovative The Great Grammar Book and The Wonderful World Book, Kate was also involved in creating amazing books for the Eden Project children’s book list.
Jennie was born in London in 1970. Her Mother and Father met at Chelsea School of Art and are both artists. They now run the art magazine ‘Raw Vision’. Jennie went to Central St. Martins School of Art to study Illustration. where her graduation show included a life-sized replica of Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party, made out of Paper Mache!
Jennie’s first commission was to design and make the window displays of Harvey Nichols department store as part of London fashion week. She produced a number of nationwide window displays for The Body Shop and Dillons Bookstores. Jennie has always enjoyed working in 3-D, so pop-up books were a natural transition.
After leaving college she had the wonderful fortune of being introduced to Kate Petty. Kate was a truly fabulous and very talented children’s book writer.
Jennie and Kate became inseparable, working on eight books together over Sixteen years. The books they have produced have sold over a million copies worldwide.
“The Great Grammar Book” was nominated for Children’s Book of the Year 1999 and “The Global Garden” was winner of the Aventis Prize 2006. Very sadly, Kate died on May 22nd 2007. Jennie misses her very much, but is continuing to work on pop books; Jennie has since worked with Kate’s son Will Petty on ‘My Pop Up Body Book’ which has just been published.
In 2009, Jennie started up ‘Clothes Plasters’; beautiful, embroidered iron-on patches. A very successful little product, selling in John lewis, Liberty and hundreds more shops in the UK and abroad.
Jennie’s favourite things are; collecting old shop letters, cooking very tall cakes, sketching on holidays, eating mangos and spying on her little girls when they’re dancing in their bedrooms!
Jennie lives in Hampshire with her husband and two children (and Dotty the dog)
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