For years, high school English teacher Sue Sommer has self-published a photocopied edition of The Bugaboo Review for her students. Filled with common pitfalls of the English language, the confusing words and grammar issues that people continually stumble over, The Bugaboo Review is legendary among her students at California’s Novato High School. Parents and their friends request copies, and former students relate how they consistently turn to this valued reference after they graduate.
With the help of cartoon characters Bug and Boo, Sommer presents ideas and hints in this convenient reference. Offering special sections on issues she considers the worst offenders and sidebars on the most commonly misspelled or misused words, Sommer gives students and the grammar-curious the tools they need, without confusing jargon. Colorful examples and artful mnemonics encourage readers to learn, for example, that possessive nouns have apostrophes but possessive pronouns do not. They’ll master how to remember pronoun agreement, how to pronounce commonly mispronounced words, and the differences between similar words. The Bugaboo Review will become a cherished reference for those new to English, those who love grammar, and those who simply “know that they don’t know.”
• A quick, alphabetical reference for grammar sanity and word wisdom
• Helps you catch word confusion and grammar pitfalls that computers can’t
"Brilliantly arranged formatting and delivery makes this a desk-reference writers should own, but it also makes for just a good, fascinating read."
— Portland Book Review
"What a great little book...Even with dozens of published books to my credit, I still have lapses when I wonder, should this be 'who' or 'whom'? Is this an 'effect' or an 'affect'? Should I 'lie' down or 'lay' down? To grab this little book and instantly find answers is a wonder. Way faster than Googling. And usually there's a bonus chuckle to clear my brain...Bugaboo is a must-have for everyone who writes."
— Hal Zina Bennett, author of Write Starts
"Ms. Sommer's reference book is both time and student tested. It is also intended to both assist and amuse. These factors make the work unique...this is the kind of book a teacher would be pleased to see with dog-eared corners, marginal notes, and mustard stains."
— New York Journal of Books
"Sommer has provided writers with a thorough and funny tool that will earn tattered corners quickly. This is an excellent addition to any collection and a great graduation gift."
— Voice of Youth Advocates