Editorial Review

A noteworthy review of The Magic of Language from School Library Journal on December 1, 2005

These basic guides do a good job of demystifying the English language, and they do so with a contemporary spin. The varied graphics and vibrant photographs reinforce the concepts and enhance comprehension. Colorful text boxes labeled ‘Quick Fact,’ ‘Definition,’ ‘Rule,’ ‘Hot Tip,’ and ‘Example’; exercises; and answer keys are also included. Similes makes real-world connections by way of jokes, everyday expressions, and popular songs. Brian P. Cleary’s ‘Words Are CATegorical’ series (Carolrhoda) uses Suess-like humor and is accessible to younger students. These titles are more comprehensive and will be useful in classrooms and libraries.

—Gloria Koster

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