Maggie's Whopper

Maggie's Whopper

by Sally Hobart Alexander, Deborah Kogan Ray

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-2-- Maggie is a seven-year-old spending time with her Great-uncle Ezra at a lake cottage. Her great hope is to catch a fish, a real whopper, to show her older brother. Early in the story, the girl and her uncle have a runin with an old bear when it claws open a screen to get a blueberry pie. Later, when Ezra is caught off guard by the hungry animal, Maggie's quick thinking saves the day. The story is well plotted with foreshadowing of events and credible action. As an adventure though, the writing lacks tension. Where it does succeed is in depicting the affection between the child and the old man. They enjoy one another's company whether fishing, playing checkers, or taking a moonlit hike. Ray's sketchy, soft-focused watercolor and colored-pencil drawings add to this gentle and intimate tone. They don't, however, generate much excitement or a sense of danger. Old Thatch appears rather lumpen in one picture and no more threatening than a quizzical teddy bear in another. Still, for a plausible scenario and a likable heroine, it's a winner, if not a whopper. --Judith Gloyer, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.35(w) x 10.29(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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