Synopses & Reviews
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.
Dan offers tricks for spelling hard words, understanding the difference between similar words like “its” and “its,” 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.
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 theyre learning.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Do you know . . .
when to use "its" and when to use "it's"?
the difference between commas and apostrophes?
how to come up with your own mind-blowing story ideas?
why there's no ham in hamburgers?
how to write sentences that aren't boring?
spelling tricks for difficult words?
Whether you're a kid who thinks writing is hard or an aspiring author, this funny, informative book by bestselling author Dan Gutman is the writing guide for you!
About the Author
Dan Gutman has always been a baseball fanatic. He played in Little League as a kid, and one of the first magazine articles he ever sold explained the science behind the spitball, the scuffball, and corked bats. When he thought about the T206 Honus Wagner—the most valuable baseball card in the world—he began to write honus & me, his first Baseball Card Adventure.
Dan is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Genius Files series, as well as the internationally bestselling My Weird School series.
Jim Paillot lives in Arizona (another weird place) with his weird wife and two weird children. Isn't that weird?