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  • Published: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780147519160
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $16.99

Woe Is I Jr.



A hilarious exploration of grammar especially for young readers. Now in paperback!

Shrek? Earwax-flavored jelly beans? Poems about meatballs? Who on earth would use all these to explain the rules of grammar? Must be Patricia T. O'Conner!

Just like Woe Is I, her national bestseller for adults, this young readers edition uses conversational language and witty, entertaining examples to show how fun and easy it can be to use good English. It's a humorous reference book you'll actually enjoy pulling off the shelf.Like a humorous Strunk and White for 4th through 8th graders, this is destined to become a must-have for every English classroom and student.

  • Published: 15 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780147519160
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $16.99

About the author

Patricia T. O'Conner

Patricia T. O’Conner, a former editor at The New York Times Book Review, has written four books on language and writing–the bestselling Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English; Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know About Writing; Woe Is I Jr.: The Younger Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English; and You Send Me: Getting It Right When You Write Online.
Stewart Kellerman has been an editor at The New York Times and a foreign correspondent for UPI in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He co-authored You Send Me with his wife, Patricia T. O’Conner, and he runs their website and blog at grammarphobia.com. They live in rural Connecticut.

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Praise for Woe Is I Jr.

"In this entertaining treasure, O'Conner's blithe banter will attract young readers, and her irreverent delivery will retain them. . . . This fun resource will prove invaluable." --VOYA (starred review) "O'Conner's examples, funny little verses, and rules [plus] Stiglich's expressive cartoons are guaranteed to snag the attention of the most ungrammatical little culprit." --The Chicago Sun-Times "Handbooks that are as instructive as they are entertaining are few and far between, making this a first purchase for most libraries." --School Library Journal

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