I Laid an Egg on Aunt Ruth's Head

I Laid an Egg on Aunt Ruth's Head

I Laid an Egg on Aunt Ruth's Head: Conquering English and Its Ruthless Ways might be the perfect grammar supplement for teens who already have the basics but could use a little polish. Most adults should also find it useful. Author Joel Schnoor entertains while he instructs through humorous stories of his Great Aunt Ruth. In the stories, Joel the “nauseating nephew” has frequent run-ins with Aunt Ruth over her grammatical faux pas. His efforts to set things straight are silly but effective. Schnoor picks on common usage errors as well as a few punctuation challenges. Among his targets are lie/lay, its/it's, will/shall, hopefully, irregardless, i.e./e.g., that/which, farther/further, and many other usage dilemmas. Punctuation topics include comma, apostrophe, and parentheses usage as well as capitalization.

As I read through the book, I realized that I wasn't really clear on some grammatical distinctions myself. For example, I learned that “further” can safely be used when in doubt whether to use “farther” or “further,” but farther has more limited usage.

The book can be used for quick reference by jumping to the back where the information is presented concisely, but it is certainly more fun to learn it through the stories.

Students who need some practice on the various topics covered in the book will benefit from Aunt Ruth Grammar Drills for Excellence. Available as either a set of printed worksheets or a CD-ROM with PDF files, it consists of 70 pages of practice and review plus answer keys. The humor even carries over into the sample sentences and exercises, and there are even more silly stories in which students have to identify errors. While the worksheets aren't essential, they do provide an easy means of accountability.

Pricing Information

All prices are provided for comparison only and are subject to change. Click on prices to verify their accuracy.

book: softcover - $15.99, hard cover - $26.99
Grammar Drills (CD) - $11
Grammar Drills (Printed Worksheets) - $18

I Laid an Egg on Aunt Ruth's Head

I Laid an Egg on Aunt Ruth

Aunt Ruth Grammar Drills for Excellence CD

Aunt Ruth Grammar Drills for Excellence CD

Aunt Ruth Grammar Drills for Excellence (Printed Worksheets)

Aunt Ruth Grammar Drills for Excellence (Printed Worksheets)
Get a FREE subscription to Cathy's E-Newsletter Sign Up today!

Instant Key

  • Suitable For: independent study
  • Audience: grades 7-adult
  • Need For parent/Teacher Instruction: none
  • Prep Time Needed: none
  • Teacher's Manual: N/A
  • Religious Perspective: secular but Christian friendly

Publisher's Info

Note: Publishers, authors, and service providers never pay to be reviewed. They do provide free review copies or online access to programs for review purposes.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services that believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guidelines Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."