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200 Tricky Spellings in Cartoons

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Short stories and mnemonics to help children (and adults) to remember how to spell homophones and similar sounding words. Giving rules and examples this would be a handy tool for young writers as they write and edit their own work
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200 Tricky Spellings in Cartoons: Visual Mnemonics for Everyone by Lidia Stanton is an excellent book that I would highly recommend for everyone - children to adults!  #200TrickySpellingsinCartoons #NetGalley
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Great illustrations to reinforce the phonics and language lessons in this book.  Excellent use to mnemonic devices as well. This book hits so many commonly misspelled or mistaken words. I feel like there are plenty of adults that need this book!!
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This is such a good idea for a book! Lots of children (and adults) struggle with grammar and spelling. This book is a fun way to help remember spellings of commonly misspelled/misused words.
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This book helps children in learning similar and confusing words in English. It has around 200 combinations. It has very nice descriptive cartoons alongwith that. Author trains dyslexic children and thus has deep knowledge of most common words that need attention.
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⏩ Do you or someone you know gets confused between the usage of 'there' and 'their'?
⏩ Do you know the meaning of certain words but don't know their usage in English language?
⏩ Do you want to improve you vocabulary?
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If your answer is YES for all three questions above, THIS IS THE BOOK YOU NEED TO READ.
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The book consists of not just 200 words along with their meanings but also pictorial representation and their usage along with examples. 
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The book is written in a very interesting way and encompasses most of the common mistakes one makes when using English language. The book can be used by adults as well can be a great resource to teach new words to kids. 
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The pictures and examples of how to use a particular word makes it very interesting and easy to understand.
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Highly recommended !!
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This is a handy little book for complicated spellings for children

The author suggests using this book as a guide to dip in and out of when needed and I agree, although you could probably read this with a child a bit at a time if you wanted to do it cover to cover

There are fun illustrations throughout and the illustrator has left a lot of the images as line art so children can colour them in, which I think is a fabulous idea

Overall, a great guide for children
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What a great way to help remember tricky spellings! I will definitely use this book and the funny illustrations in my classroom as a reference for difficult words.
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This is a clever book! I think a lot of kids and adults could really gain a lot from this book. I appreciated the way that this book was divided into distinct sections: confusing pairs of words, tricky everyday words, and academic and formal words. The final section was most helpful to me, especially the mnemonic for spelling separate. This is a word that I have always struggled to remember the spelling, and I am grateful for this new tool to remember! The layout is very user friendly, particularly with the addition of the index at the back for looking up specific words in a pinch. It is notable that some of the mnemonics are a bit of a stretch, but the inclusion of both pictures and a verbal description of the mnemonic is helpful for processing on multiple levels and increases the likelihood of remembering. There are also a few words that could have easily been added to the confusing pairs of words, like edition v. addition, and I noticed that only 'two' and 'too' were included, excluding the 'to'. Overall, this is a very potentially helpful book, and the younger you are when you read it, the more helpful and long-lasting the effect will be!
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This is a great book for elementary students!  It has  many words that are tricky for students, such as than and then.  Many of the words are homophones, which have the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, such as bare and bear.  They break down the words in a fun and creative way.  I highly recommend this book for every teacher and every family.
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This book is very effective in assisting students and others with visual cues to ensure correct usage of these often confused words. The author has provided a means to clear up conflicting views as the words presented here are among some of the most challenging.

This is a reference book that should be on everyone’s bookshelf or desk. It also makes a great gift!

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by the publisher and Net Galley but the thoughts expressed are my own.
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This is a really cool book!  There's a section on confusing words - like words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings like college vs collage.  She gives you tricks to remember how to use each and which spelling to you like coll<b>e</b>ge is a place of <b>e</b>education and coll<b>a</b>ge is <b>a</b>rt.  Tons of examples of these types of words with drawings.  There are also tricky everyday words like bargain.  A good bar<b>gain</b> is always a <b>gain</b>.   Lots of good tricks for remembering how to spell correctly.  There's also a section on academic and more formal words like <b>amiable</b>- <b>am I able</b> to help you?  It seems like this would be a great help to those who aren't good at spelling or who don't have English as a first language.
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200 Tricky Spellings in Cartoons
Visual Mnemonics for Everyone - US edition
by Lidia Stanton
Back of the Book: “The new revised edition of Lidia Stanton's bestselling book of cartoons demystifying over 200 of the most difficult spellings, fully adapted for a US readership. The book is structured around confusing pairs of words, such as homophones or words that 'go together', tricky everyday words and tricky academic words, with memorable illustrations on every page to help you connect the word's meaning and graphical features with its spelling pattern.
This is not a traditional spelling book, but a resource that will really get you thinking, and laughing out loud. This guide encourages active learning and recollection, breaking away from repetitive methods such as 'look, cover, write, check', enabling you to effortlessly recall and identify once-confusing spelling patterns.”
Impressions: I did not read this book from cover to cover however used this book as the author suggests as a reference guide. This being said it was not a great reference as an ebook due to being unable to flip back and forth for reference. I think the beginning could have better explained the differences between homophones, homonyms, and homographs. It would have also been helpful to have definitions with the words as well as the cartoon to help understand better what each word means. This was a cute book but there was room for improvement.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review shared here.
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As a primary school teacher this book has given me inspiration to use within spelling lessons. A lot of the words in this book are part of the Year Five/Six spelling curriculum and introducing the children to some of the strategies outlined will really support the progress and success of spelling in the classroom
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I was a bit disappointed in this book.  The illustrations were well done but often felt very static.  It felt too wordy if this book was geared for readers who are having trouble distinguishing correct usage of pairs of similar words.  I would recommend this book to middle-grade students or younger book worms who would find pleasure in the humor of the illustrations.
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I know this book is probably aimed mainly at younger children, but as a secondary school teacher I can tell you that many of my students have issues with spelling certain words - and not just the students who are lower ability, either!  And honestly I know some adults who could do with the reminders, too.

This book is full of words that are tricky to spell, with each word having a page with a cartoon and a sentence or two telling a story to help remember the spelling.  There are also several pages featuring words that are similar (eg. affect and effect) with ways to remember which is which.

If it wasn't for the fact that it's based on US english and I'm in the UK, I'd be recommending this to loads of students.  And honestly, given how few words there are in here that are different, I'm still tempted.
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What a brilliant book full of cartoons to help children remember tricky spellings and different homophones. I love that it explains to children that an easy way to remember spellings is to create a kind of story and an image to go along with the spelling. The examples are brilliant and I will definitely be sharing this book and the cartoon examples with my year 5 class when we're back in school, I think it could be just the tool to help them grasp those trickier spellings.
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Plenty of benefits to this book, I’m sure it will assist children to remember tricky spellings. It is an American book, so worth noting the different spellings, at times, from UK spellings.
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Great idea for helping pupils remember tricky spellings of words which are similar to each other. This is the American edition of the book so has some differences to those that would be in the UK edition.
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Thank you #NetGalley and Lidia Stanton for this fun read of the visual mnemonics for everyone. My brother is a teacher and my grandma was a resource teacher so I had opportunity to show them bits of this book and they agreed this would / will be very helpful for all elementary- middle school children. 

Mnemonics weren't something I was readily taught in school, and this book would have been super helpful to have when I was younger. I particularly loved the cartoons, colouring and visual-cues in addition to the helpful phrases, rhymes and mnemonics. I'm keeping this book ear-marked for the current and future kids in my life! :)
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