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Mister Magnolia

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Mister Magnolia has only one boot.

He has an old trumpet that goes rooty-toot -

And two lovely sisters who play on the flute -

But Mister Magnolia has only one boot.

In this wittily rhyming picture book, Mister Magnolia has a full and happy life except for one serious omission - a boot. But one day, he receives a mysterious parcel, and at last Mister Magnolia can splash in the...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Red Fox (first published November 27th 1992)
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Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake
This book is about a man who goes about his daily business, but he only has one boot.
I love reading this book with my children for the simplicity of the story - he is a happy person doing things with his friends, such as playing the trumpet and taking his friends out for a scoot. The illustrations really bring the book to life. We spend just as long reading the book as looking at the detail in the pictures, for example the expression on the face of the woman in 'J...more
This book has a rhyming pattern throughout with each sentence only being a few lines long – this will make it easy for children to read in particular early years, KS1.

The book itself centres on Mr. Magnolia who has only one boot. We are introduced to all the thing’s Mr. Magnolia does whilst wearing only one boot – he goes swimming; visit’s his friends, juggles fruit! Towards the end of the book the pictures show us a little girl who has a present from Mr. Magnolia – you’ve guessed it, it is a ne...more
Laura Hayes
Mr Magnolia is a wonderful rhyming story about the marvellous Mr Magnolia who has a trumpet, two lovely sisters, a pond, some owls and a dinosaur. This already creates the image that he is not normal to have a dinosaur in his house. The one of my favourite things is that he only wears one boot. This always makes the children laugh. Then one day a mysterious parcel arrives. Key Stage one children love the energy and the humour of this boot. The book is best read aloud and appealing colourful illu...more
I read this during circle time with my years 2 class just recently. They were all fascinated by the vivid images and funny set of events. "Poor Mister Magnolia only has one boot"… This book’s structure is of a loopy and engaging rhyme. Mister Magnolia although a simple text, manages to include some more complex words that are made accessible by the colourful and active illustrations. The book provides brilliant opportunities to extend learning through questioning and could be useful for speech a...more
Joe Gordon
Mister Magnolia is an exciting and adventurous rhyming book that centres on a man that only has one boot. Many exciting things occur in his life and it describes all of the friends he has, how he plays the trumpet, he rides a scooter and how happy he is in general. However, the story returns to how he only has one thing that is missing in his life and that is that one boot! But then, on his travels, he comes across a girl that gives him a present and to his surprise it is a boot! The story has a...more
Mister Magnolia is exciting and adventurous rhyming book that is about a man that only has one boot. The exciting things that is going on in his life, such as all the friends he has, how he plays the trumpet, he rides a scooter and how happy he is in general. However, it returns to him of how only he only has one thing that he finds is missing in his life and that is that one boot. But then, on his travels, he comes across a girl that gives him a present and to his surprise it is a boot! The sto...more
Rhian Loxley
"Poor Mister Magnolia only has one boot"… This book is a loopy and engaging rhyme. Mister Magnolia has a simple structure and principle but manages to include some more complex words that are made accessible by the colourful and active illustrations. I think that this would be a perfect book for years one and two as it would provide excellent opportunities to extend learning through questioning and would be great for speech and language activities, as it would really spark imagination and discus...more
Mister Magnolia, by Quentin Blake is a story about a man called Mister Magnolia who has lost his boot. Mr Magnolia has lots of pets, 2 sisters and friends but he only has 1 boot.
The story follows Mr Magnolia searching for his boot and eventually a little girl who he has presumably been riding on his scooter with gives him a present, and too his surprise it is his missing boot.
The story uses rhyme the whole way through.
It is well written and illustrated, the illustrations are fun and very engagi...more
Just beautiful and joyous. The owls alone are worth the price of the book.
MJ Nicholls grew up hating this book. That's good enough for me.
A short picture book (30ish pages) with full colour pictures, both written and illustrated by Quentin Blake; we chose this book because we have been enjoying Blake's illustrations in Roald Dahl's books.

First published 1980, "Mister Magnolia" was the 1980 winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, an award "for distinguished illustration in a book for children". In 2007 "Mister Magnolia" was also listed in the Greenaway 50th Anniversary Top Ten.

(Our edition is a Red Fox Mini - paperback book around 10cm...more
I've just read Mr Magnolia by Quentin Blake to my two daughters at bedtime.They loved the rhyming of the story and by the third page managed to even join in with the rhyming..
Quite briefly, Mr Magnolia is the story of a lovely man who has a lot going on for him in life- he has a trumpet,two lovely sisters,a pond with frogs,parakeets,some very fat owls,lots of friends,a chute and a dinosaur ,but Mr Magnolia has just one boot all throughout the book.It seems really unfair that such a nice person...more
Charlotte Stevens
Mister Magnolia is an enchanting picture book focusing on the main character Mr Magnolia. Rhyming throughout it describes all the things Mr Magnolia does, he plays instruments, he has lots of friends,rides scooters and shows how happy he is, but it always comes back to the one thing he has missing... his boot! It is not until the end that we are kept in suspense as the rhyming stops, the pictures show a little girl giving Mr Magnolia a present and him opening it gradually until we turn the page...more
Great story in being CONTENT and GRATEFUL.

Having enjoyed many aspects of this book (i.e., illustrated facial expressions are superb!), I shared a quick thought with the 4-yr-old I read this to. "I loved that. That was great." To which 4-hr-old responded, "Yeah! (Giggle) That was *really* great!" And just so you know, she calls it like it is. She's not going to like something just because I do.
Josh Mattocks
Mister Magnolia is a fantastic short poetic story. I read it frequently to my niece who requests it. The story is really fun and is supported by the brilliant pictures. It suits itself well to EYFS and a Year 1 class. To maximise effect the reader can use voices or act out actions.
Library Quine
Life is a little perplexing, and fun is curtailed when you only have ONE boot!
Re-reading this book after a break of at least 10 years has left me wondering why. It would be a great book to read aloud at a rhymetime or storytime, and would be a perfect fit for a clothing or footwear theme (there are some wonderful shoe and boot picture books, unlikely as it sounds).
The illustrations are delightful (hence why
Quentin Blake
received a Kate Greenaway Award in 1980), and the repetition is perfect fo...more
Sarah Adamson
Love this book! Mister Magnolia has only one boot. Fantastic rhyming, gorgeous artwork - of course! Thank you QB!
Kettlestitch Press
Rhyme done absolutely right : it rollicks and romps along with Mr M.
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
This was my all-time favourite book when I was growing up, and it hasn't lost any of its charm, its humour or its flair in the years since it was published. Mister Magnolia is a bit of a twit, and needs a lot of help to find his boot. Quentin Blake's illustrations are fun, colourful and irrepressible, and the lines and such flow and flair, you can't help but read it with the emphasis on the last word, i.e. very energetically! I still have my much-mended old copy from years ago, but I couldn't pa...more
Jaida Wardley
its funny but still not one of the best books
Gary Masskin
Apart from the last page which classifies this as a bedtime story, perhaps the quirkiest example I've come across, every line rhyme's with Mr Magnolia's boot. Whilst this adds to the quirk-factor and ties in well with the repetition, it does make it difficult to develop the plot. Hence, there isn't very much in the way of a storyline. This just leaves a very character-centric book, celebrating a unique individual with an extraordinarily happy disposition and a zest for life... possibly a reflect...more
Loved it! lol that pose though.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

So many children’s books that I have not yet read….I want to read them all! Like this one, Mister Magnolia. Brilliant. Just brilliant. Who would not want to read this book over and over again? It’s so ridiculous. Such a silly, wonderful little book.

Mr Magnolia has only one boot.
He has an old trumpet
that goes rooty-toot---
And two lovely sisters
who play on the flute---
But Mr Magnolia has only one boot.
Mr Magnolia has only one boot.
He has an old trumpet
that goes rooty-toot---
And two lovely sisters
who play on the flute---
But Mr Magnolia has only one boot.

This is a wonderful rhyming book that is so charming and so funny that has the great quality of equally appealing to a wide range of ages (2-5). It is a very favorite at our house.
Quentin Blake's illustrations will forever be entwined with the stories of Roald Dahl for me, but he's an engaging storyteller in his own right. And such is his influence in my family, at least, that my Mum even draws like him, yikes! A fun, rhyming, happy, joyous story of a man with 'only one boot'.
This book is about Mister Magnolia who is as happy as can be, except he is missing a shoe. The book uses onomatopoeia. Book also uses sur names for Mister as Mr. I could incorporate a lesson that teaches sur names and show students how Mister is shortened to Mr. Highlight punctuality as well.
Lyn Elliott
I read this to my 30 year old son when he was little and we both loved the strongly rhythmic verse and ridiculous story. 'But Mr Magnolia, Mr Magnolia has only one boot'. It's great to see that it is still a favourite.
Blake's illustrations are marvelous. A children's classic
Inna Nako
-many rhyming words
-Mr. Magnolia has only one boot, and there are many words that rhyme to boot
-this book can be used to teach rhyming as well as new vocabulary that some children might not be familiar with (such as newt,parakeets, immense)
Elle Wild
Apr 11, 2013 Elle Wild marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Quentin Saxby Blake, CBE, FCSD, RDI, is an English cartoonist, illustrator and children's author, well known for his collaborations with writer Roald Dahl.

Blake was educated at Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School. His English teacher, JH Walsh, influenced his ambition to become involved in literature. His first published drawing was for the satirical magazine Punch, at the age of 16. He...more
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