Mighty Monty

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Monty is mighty enough to take karate in a funny, true-to-life sequel with surefi re 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 ...

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Overview

Monty is mighty enough to take karate in a funny, true-to-life sequel with surefi re 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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Meredith Kiger
Second in the "Monty" series, this edition follows the adventures of Montgomery Gerald Morris as he negotiates life as a first-grader with aplomb in spite of asthma. The five short chapters describe Monty's efforts to take possession of his neighbor's lifetime collection of geography magazines, play the part of a tree in his class play about the environment, stretch his abilities in a karate class, attend his friend's birthday party, and achieve success in a karate exhibition. Throughout, Monty tackles the special problems associated with life as an asthmatic matter-of-factly. Reading this book will give others a better understanding of the disease. The vocabulary is simple, and the stories will be of interest to most early readers. Occasional black-and-white drawings add interest. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3

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

Kirkus Reviews
In an interconnected set of short stories, first-grader Monty Morris acquires a huge collection of old magazines, takes part in a class play, makes an outdoor birthday party special, begins karate lessons and successfully performs in an exhibition. Monty's worries about his asthma underlie all he does, and the effect of these stories is gently reassuring: He hasn't had an attack in some time and these new activities don't bring one on. He even performs in a karate uniform without a pocket for his inhaler. Hurwitz also recognizes and deals with the first grader's predictable stage fright. In the background, Monty's gentle and affectionate parents reflect the tone of this warm collection, just right for able first-grade readers like Monty. Soft pencil drawings by McGrory (most not seen) will be interspersed throughout. Readers of Mostly Monty (2007) will appreciate the boy's growing self-confidence (and, in particular, his father's encouragement as he tries new things), but this title stands on its own. (Fiction. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763629779
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Monty Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 785,909
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 610L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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.

Anik Scannell McGrory is the illustrator of MOSTLY MONTY, as well as several other books for children. She lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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