Messy Miranda

Messy Miranda

by Jeff Szpirglas
     
 

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Miranda has one messy desk. It's full of books, pencils, science projects and…other stuff. Too much stuff, says her teacher, Ms. Basil. On a family visit to her Uncle Aldo's one night, Miranda wonders if some of his magician's tools might offer a solution to her messy-desk problem. Sneaking off to the magic room, Miranda finds Uncle Aldo's impressive

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Miranda has one messy desk. It's full of books, pencils, science projects and…other stuff. Too much stuff, says her teacher, Ms. Basil. On a family visit to her Uncle Aldo's one night, Miranda wonders if some of his magician's tools might offer a solution to her messy-desk problem. Sneaking off to the magic room, Miranda finds Uncle Aldo's impressive collection of top hats. Miranda knows that magic top hats can hold lots of things—why not the mess from her desk? At first, the hat seems to do the trick, but soon things start to go horribly wrong. As Uncle Aldo says, you have to be careful with magic.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"As a messy desk is not uncommon, Miranda is a relatable character...Illustrations provide the readers with comical character emotions...A good early chapter book for primary school children looking for a good laugh."
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"A simple, but charming story, and very relatable...A great early chapter book."
Library Media Connection
"Offers engaging characters and a simple but entertaining story for beginning chapter book readers. Recommended."
Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Miranda's messy desk shows that she, like so many elementary students, has a problem with organization. When her teacher, Ms. Basil, keeps Miranda in from recess to clean out her desk, she misses her favorite activity: skipping rope. Luckily, a visit to her Uncle Aldo offers a possible solution. Uncle Aldo is a magician, and he has several magic hats. Miranda sneaks one of these hats into her backpack' on Monday morning, she puts it into her desk. Then, she delightedly experiments with the hat, slipping different objects into her desk, where they disappear into the hat. Even the Biggest Book of Big Things, a library book taller than Miranda, goes in without a problem. When Ms. Basil inspects Miranda's desk, she is surprised and pleased, and Miranda, thinking her problem is solved, happily goes to recess. But Miranda's classmate Jaiden, himself the owner of the messiest desk in the class, has been watching her activities with suspicion. Things go awry when he succumbs to curiosity, dives into the desk, and falls into the hat. Miranda now understands what Uncle Aldo meant when he said that one has to be careful with magic. While the ensuing rescue of Jaiden will amuse readers, Miranda's remorse when she returns the hat offers a lesson in honesty and forgiveness that readers can take to heart. Fortunately for Miranda, her second visit to Uncle Aldo's house gives her an idea for keeping her desk organized without magic. Szpirglas and Saint-Onge have written a school story refreshingly free of bullies, with interesting, likeable characters. Whamond's shaded black-and-white illustrations offer an amusing picture of Miranda, her classmates, and her surroundings. Most youngsters will easily identify with Miranda's problem, especially if they are wishing for a magical solution of their own. All will wish for more stories about Miranda. Reviewer: Magi Evans

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459801172
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2013
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,194,882
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
410L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff and Danielle have written several books together. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twin babies.

Jeff Szpirglas and Danielle Saint-Onge live together in Toronto, Ontario, and teach in classrooms with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Jeff and Danielle have written several books together. Danielle has a master's degree in social anthropology and is a crusader for equity in the classroom. Besides teaching, they spend their time writing stories and taking care of their twin babies.

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