Kate Wilson
August 20, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Deluxe Transitive Vampire

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Karen Elizabeth Gordon
genre
Reference

We gave it an A

This glorious book will turn you into a nuisance. You’ll keep trying to show it around, but your friends will push you away, saying, ”I hate grammar.” Yes, it’s a grammar book — one that demonstrates direct address with the sentence ”Fido, snatch her purse,” and prepositions with ”The baby vampire hurled his bottle at his nanny and screamed for type O instead.” And don’t you wish that your second-grade teacher had defined the subject of a sentence this way: ”It is what the sentence’s other words are gossiping about”? The Deluxe Transitive Vampire isn’t just a good reference work; mostly, you’ll read it for fun. And its bizarre woodcuts of gargoyles, fainting women attacked by bats, and yodeling frogs are enchanting. You can even color them. A

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