The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar
In April 2015, a new book by Tohby Riddle titled The Greatest Gatsby: A Visual Book of Grammar (published by Penguin/Viking) will be released in Australia. Some years in the making, this full-colour, 112-page book presents the fundamentals of English grammar as visual information.
The book’s approach is based on the idea that too much information looks the same – black words printed on white paper – and appeals to too few of our senses, especially the visual sense. Given that pictures are remembered better than words, this begs the question whether information could be better designed for the way our brains receive it.
The Greatest Gatsby (note the use of the superlative adjective!) employs colour, texture, humour and absurdity in the hope of making the subject of grammar more accessible, comprehensible and memorable for both child and adult readers.
The book is currently published in Australia only, but it can be bought online and shipped internationally from various booksellers, including:
Megalong Books (ships within Australia only)