As the author suggests – this book is “an awesomely fun guide to the way we use words”.
In simple, straightforward text, Fiedler gives definitions and many delightful examples for parts of speech, sentence structure, and literary devices. By no means exhaustive, this text does not pursue the more abstract areas of case, usage or tense. The Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar is geared to upper elementary students wanting to improve their writing and grasp the basics of grammar.
The author concentrates on seven parts of speech, thirteen figures of speech and five aspects of sentence structure. Each item has a two-page spread with one page of engaging text, and the facing page to illustrate. Definitions are in bold print, the explanations and examples are catchy. In bold type, at the bottom of the text page is an amusing example sentence. The illustrations on each facing page use ethnically diverse, quirky caricatures and comical scenes to pick up the context of the example sentence and deliver a visual representation that many learners might remember long after the written definition. For example, the page on simile “Her smile is as sweet as candy” is illustrated with a girl whose wide open mouth is crammed full of candy; Idiom “It is raining cats and dogs” is illustrated with an umbrella and the animals in question falling from the sky with the rain.