Top critical review
Clear, aimed at adults, but a bit too much English.
on 11 December 2014
This book does seem to give a fairly clear account of French grammar, which is great. It illustrates the grammar points with cartoons that I don't personally like - they are meant to be amusing, which is always tricky, and I don't like the drawing style much, but that's very subjective. On the plus side, it has clearly been written for use by adults, and by people who aren't very familiar with the technical language of grammar, so from my point of view as a teacher of French to adults, that's good. It might have been helpful to include "grammatical" versions of the rules alongside the more intuitive explanations (for example of the agreement of the preceding direct object) for people who were originally taught that way or who were educated in countries where grammar is taught systematically. My other complaint about it is that the explanations are entirely in English. I'm sure it's possible to explain grammar via French, particularly if, as here, technical language is largely avoided. Not doing so maintains the idea that English is the "real" language of communication, which is a mistake in my view.