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Mostly Monty

Mostly Monty

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by Johanna Hurwitz, Anik McGrory
     
 

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A shy boy with asthma starts first grade — and comes into his own — in this appealing story for early chapter book readers.

Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that

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A shy boy with asthma starts first grade — and comes into his own — in this appealing story for early chapter book readers.

Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that he’s starting first grade, he’s very nervous about being with all those kids he won’t know. Luckily, he loves to read — even really hard books — and has a talent for finding things, from a cocooning caterpillar to classmates who want to be in his very own club. With familiar situations and gentle humor, Johanna Hurwitz follows an endearing character as he discovers that being himself can be pretty great after all.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2
Six-year-old Monty, who suffers from asthma, cannot have a pet, isn't allowed to participate in any game that requires too much physical activity, and sometimes has to be rushed to the hospital. As he begins first grade, he is apprehensive about being away from home all day, and about making friends. He does, however, find activities that won't irritate his condition. He is an excellent reader who is interested in many different subjects. He also discovers that he is good at finding items that other kids have lost and does this with much alacrity, winning praise from the principal's secretary. At one point, he adopts a caterpillar as a temporary pet. Through his experiences, Monty learns that by sharing his enthusiasm with others and being true to himself, he is able to make several friends. The pages are peppered with illustrations depicting Monty interacting with many people. This book should be a winner with children who want to be appreciated for their own unique qualities, rather than being singled out for their handicaps, whether real or imagined.
—Donna AtmurCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Six-year-old Monty, sheltered by protective parents because of his asthma, arrives in first grade a good reader, but shy and lacking social experience. Encouraged by his teacher's compliments, he finds a way to have a pet, a stuffed animal and some new friends. This gentle chapter book will appeal particularly to students like Monty, who read some substance in their first-grade reading. When the (male) librarian warns Monty that nonfiction books will be too difficult, his teacher confirms his skill and the librarian says, "You're my kind of guy." Watercolor illustrations every few pages (not seen) support the story and show a diverse classroom population. Characters and school and neighborhood interactions ring true. The theme of Monty's growing self-confidence, evident in each episode, is made explicit at the end, appropriate for a very young reader more engaged in the words on a page than their meaning. Mostly, readers will want more about Monty. (Fiction. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763640620
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Monty Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
1,118,833
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
680L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Meet the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for young readers, including the Riverside Kids series. She lives in Great Neck, New York.

Anik Scannell McGrory has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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