Eats, Shoots & Leaves
- ISBN-13: 9781592403912
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
- Publication date: 10/16/2008
- Edition description: Illustrated edition
- Pages: 176
- Sales rank: 246,747
- Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)
5.0 / 5.0
What a fantastic way to teach proper english grammar. Totally love it, as well as my teenager.
3.0 / 5.0
I suppose this book will just not have universal appeal. After all, the author contends, few people these days care about the details of punctuation. We load our grammatical cannons with a mix of commas, exclamation points, periods, and semicolons, take aim at our written word, and let fire. Punctuation lands where it may, a kind of random act of good intention with poor consequences.The book is a tour of our changing use and abuse of punctuation. Using hilarious examples, some that are probably funnier if you grew up in England, Truss illustrates how the entire meaning of a sentence can be altered by the placement of a comma or period. If these examples had been present in my high school English classes I might have paid better attention! And as you laugh through the narrative, Truss makes a serious attempt to teach the when, where, and why of punctuation. The difference between \"its\" and \"it's\", for example, or \"who's\" and \"whose\". Ah well, you had to have been there.And the title of the book? It comes from a cute story about a panda. You'll have to read the book to find out.
4.0 / 5.0
The book is great and the cartoons are hilarious.
5.0 / 5.0
If you are any kind of professional (student, teacher, lawyer, doctor, bum, janitor, engineer) you must be able to communicate effectively and flawlessly. The state of language and literacy is very poor. It is so refressing that Truss has taken an aggressive approach to educating people in basic concepts. Her book is not long, but it is illustrated, funny, and useful. Please don't be a statistic. Buy this book; read it; learn grammar, and apply it without fear. I use this book as a teacher and a writer. My students love it, and I love Truss for it.