Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer

Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer

by Ali Maier

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$9.95

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989375504
Publisher: Erie Island Media, LLC
Publication date: 10/03/2013
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Max & Maggie creator Ali Maier knows a great story. As an avid volunteer, hands-on mom and former teacher, Ali has spent years working with children, experiencing their life stories and crafting her own.

Ali grew up in Pennsylvania with her parents and an older sister. Separated by only 17 months, Ali and her sister experienced many of the same events, teachers and friends, as well as all of the fun and challenges that come with sibling relationships.

Today, Ali and her husband have two children who are close in age and share the same kind of close relationship (and the same kind of challenges!).

The most important part of Ali's life is her family. She is blessed with a loving husband, children, parents and extended family that are a constant source of love and laughter.

Mom Made Us Write This shows a unique and funny understanding of the loving (and not-so-loving) relationship between close siblings and their family.

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Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
VonnieR More than 1 year ago
How do kids want to spend their summer vacation? Not doing homework, that's for sure. This story was told through journal entries between a brother and sister, Max and Maggie. They were forced to write during the summer by their mother to make them get along. This book was absolutely cute and entertaining, and I found myself having a lot of fun with it. What I loved best about this book was the creativity of the journals. Max and Maggie each had their own writing style. It made it easier to recognize whose journal entry was being read. All the journals had doodles that made it visually pleasing and fun to look at, which showed the different personalities of each child. It was very interesting to read how Max and Maggie had different perspectives to the same situations. It was hilarious and amusing to read their point of views. The creativity added to the entertainment of the book. Max and Maggie were realistic. They each had fears and quirks as well as strengths. Though they were twins, their personalities were not the same. Max was the sporty boy who loved to shoot things and enjoyed anything that was gross. Maggie was the fashionable one who loved to go clothes shopping and loved cute animals, but hated babies. It was fun to read the kinds of topics that each sibling picked and it was enjoyable to read the comments that they made to each other. Max and Maggie sounded like two realistic siblings who bickered yet loved each other. As a whole, this was an adorable children's book. I loved the idea that Max and Maggie had to write journals to each other so they could get along. They were creative and humorous. Though Max and Maggie somewhat understood the reasoning behind the journals towards the end, I was expecting a touching moment. It was still an entertaining book.
InLibrisVeritas More than 1 year ago
Mom Made Us Write This in the Summer is a fun journal style book that focuses on a brother and sister who happened to be twins. When Maggie and Max keep fighting  their mother decides to give them summer homework in the form of a journal. They have to pick 10 topics and then they both have to write how they feel about that topic, and through the course of the summer they learn how to appreciate each other. I love journal books like this, probably because I never wrote in a journal as a kid. It’s always fun to read a story and then have the main characters include pictures and scribbles, it really brings out the character’s depth and helps you connect with them more. Maggie and Max have great personalities that will definitely hit home with a lot of kids their age (10). Maggie is a great example of a strong girl, who enjoys drawing and a ton of ice cream. She’s got a great head on her shoulders, though sometimes she’s prone to over-reacting. Max is a smart kid with a knack for building shotting devices out of paperclips and rubber bands and loves sports, but as his sister puts it he’s sort of ‘clueless’ when it comes ot other people’s feelings. I loved seeing how Max and Maggie grew over the course of the 10 entries. At first they are argumentative, even in written form, with a lot of blame being tossed about and a lot of frustration but as they story progresses you begin to see how they comes to understand each other a bit better and start seeing how much they actually have in common. This is definitely a great book for kids in late elementary school and early middle school, and it’s even better if they have siblings to read it with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a third of nine that likes to read humorous books to help me rethink our events.  This books does a very good job doing so.