Adventures in Grammarland
Authors: Paul Georgiou and Christopher Prendergast
Illustrator: Daria Mitchell
A fantasy of grammatical proportions.
A young boy is called into the strange world of Grammarland where, following a dispute between the King and Queen about usage, a dreadful curse manifests itself and the entire population of words is under threat from the tyrant Ignorance.
The wise old counsellor Syntax, trapped in the form of a walking stick, and the beautiful, creative princess Selima, transformed into the melodious flute Melisa, accompany and encourage the boy on his adventures - but only the boy, if anyone, can save the land.
Format: Kindle Edition (£3.00)
File Size: 916 KB
Print Length: 155 pages
Print price: £6.00, plus postage
Publisher: Panarc International Ltd; 1 edition (1 Sep 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 April 2015
This is not a kid's book although it could work well if read to a bright kid by a literate adult. After a bit of a slow start, you realise you are reading a clever epic tale as well as a neat refresher course in the basics of grammar. Grammarland is a world where words, the main characters, are living in a world that no longer obeys the rules of grammar and where the tyrant Ignorance rules the land. There are lots of adventures including meetings with Misuse, Tautology, his wife Verbiage, the Pedants and the Babblers. In the end, there's a truly epic battle with Ignorance and his sons, Bigotry and Prejudice. There's lots of wordplay including some pretty snappy anagrams which are pivotal to the plot. The book is probably best described as a fairly weird, exciting story which shows that you need grammar to persuade words to make sense. It will be most appreciated by those with an interest in,and feel for, the English language
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 January 2019
What an outstandingly creative piece of genius for absolute wordsmiths. It is a superb educational tool, but beyond that, if you have a passion for words, it just is glorious.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 October 2014
Adventures in Grammarland brings thought and imagination together in a remarkably enjoyable way. First and foremost it is a fairy story, with a young hero propelled into a series of fantastical adventures, all surprising and exciting, that rise to a tremendous climax in the final confrontation. But the issues and ideas are serious, the paradoxes and the puns infectious, and the case passionately argued. Teenage-readers might be inspired to think about words and how they work (or don’t work). And readers of any age who sense language is being dangerously abused in our modern world, might end the book feeling that they too, like its young hero, should take up arms in its defence.
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