Mighty Montyby Johanna Hurwitz, Anik McGrory
Monty is mighty enough to take karate in a funny, true-to-life sequel with surefire appeal for early chapter-book readers. Monty Gerald Morris may be small and shy, but he's a mighty smart kid and an A+ reader. In an endearing follow-up to Mostly Monty, the quiet first-grader continues to come into his own — playing the part of a tree in a comically miscued school play, sharing his enthusiasm for ants at an outdoor birthday party, even signing up for karate class despite his asthma. Once again, Johanna Hurwitz finds gentle humor in everyday situations and offers a charming portrayal of a likable character many young readers will relate to.
First-grader Montgomery Gerald Morris, hero of Mostly Monty (Candlewick, 2007), has returned. In this title, he inherits a large collection of old magazines from his neighbor (and must dispose of them), plays the part of a tree in the class play, attends a friend's birthday party, and joins a karate class. Monty, who is shy, smart, and responsible, faces situations that young readers are sure to identify with. He makes progress in overcoming typical fears, like performing in front of a crowd, by the end of the story. Though his asthma, which he struggled with in the first book, is mostly under control, it still plays a factor in many of his decisions, such as what sports he can play or which friends' houses he can visit. With a large font size and frequent illustrations, this title is ideal for new chapter-book readers, especially those who are fans of Hurwitz's previous books or who won't be put off by reading about a child who may be younger than themselves.-Jackie Partch, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Meet the Author
Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for children, including MOSTLY MONTY and the Riverside Kids series. She lives in Great Neck, New York.
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