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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
The importance of language is not overrated and that point is very well communicated in Auntie Maim, Revenge of the Homophones by David Tish. When Sheldon Beasley sends in a letter for a part in the play Auntie Mame, he misspells the word without even being aware of it. His best friend and neighbor Tabby is beside herself because Sheldon is intelligent, but simply doesn’t take the time to use language properly. She doesn’t just end with a scolding, but instead pushes him forward in his pursuit for the role that he so badly wants. In the process, she starts the “Give Sheldon a Chance” campaign which builds completely out of control. In the process, Sheldon learns a great deal about persistence and perseverance, but he also learns that the meaning of words is a very important thing. However, how will all of this affect his chance at an audition? Is the audition really the most important goal for Sheldon?
The tongue in cheek humor of Auntie Maim, Revenge of the Homophones by David Tish is delightful and keeps the story lighthearted; however, it does make some very serious points about language. Often times we simply miss the error, but when those errors are committed because of laziness or disinterest, we reveal something else about ourselves. Honest, lighthearted, with an important message for young people, Auntie Maim, Revenge of the Homophones teaches several extremely valuable lessons in a way that will allow the reader to walk away smiling rather than feeling beaten up by a grammarian.