Marvin Terban is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 30 books for children, most of them about the English language. Called a master of wordplay by the American Library Association's Booklist and Mr. English for Kids by the Children's Book-of-the-Month Club, Marvin is truly an expert on teaching the art of language. For over 40 years, Marvin has taught English, Latin, Public Speaking, Theater, and other subjects at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City.
Terban explains the meanings and origins (if known) of more than 600 idioms and proverbs in this intriguing book. (Booklist, March 15,1996)Reference tools may be a dime a dozen in this dog-eat-dog world, but here's a soup-to-nuts dictionary of colloquialisms that doesn't beat around the bush...an appealing browse as well as useful (and perhaps unique) resource for kids baffled by the intricacies of the English language. (The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, July/August 1996)From 'ace up your sleeve' to 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks, ' this introduction to idiomatic phrases, sayings, and expressions is clear and easy to use. (School Library Journal, May 1996)