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Magical Monty (Monty #4)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  25 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Monty tries to master a magic kit — and finds some real-life situations tricky — in this spot-on story about an endearing, utterly relatable first-grader.

First grade is almost over, and Monty will soon be seven. He’s now a big brother, too, which makes him feel very grown-up. But when he tries to use the magic set his grandmother gave him, he has a little trouble. Maybe th
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published June 12th 2012 by Candlewick (first published April 10th 2012)
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Jun 25, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Authors who write early chapter books have my undying admiration. It takes special skills to write an interesting story using a small number of words. And yet despite their importance, early chapter books don't receive as much recognition as does middle grade or YA. Here is an example of a great early chapter book series, perfect for reading aloud or for young readers to read themselves, especially for advanced younger readers.

Monty is a very appealing young character. He's learned a lot through
There aren't a lot of early chapter book series for boys, which makes me glad to have discovered this one. Montgomery Gerald Morris (AKA Monty) is close to finishing first grade. He has a new baby sister named Amanda, to whom he's growing closer, and he's trying to master several magic tricks from a magic kit given to him by his grandmother. The book explores several school projects including gifts the students prepare for Mother's Day and a library project in which all the students need to brin ...more
Apr 30, 2015 J. rated it liked it
Personally as an adult, I thought it was a little band but I wasn't reading it for myself. My kids (ages 6 & 3) enjoyed out and it had them giggling at times. Plenty of cute black and white illustrations, several in each chapter. Overall it reminded me of the Ramona books with a boy as the main character. I think the appeal to kids is that it is very ordinary and the exciting events and problems that occur in each chapter are ones that they as children actually face, nothing far fetched or c ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Tnb rated it it was amazing
Good for read alouds once the child has been in school and understands the routine there
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Nov 03, 2012 Wendy Garland rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, early-chapter
Nice early chapter book for boys.
Oct 12, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: children
Monty is way too emotionally self-aware and well-spoken to be a six-year-old.
Mar 20, 2013 PWRL marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Meh. Honestly, this would be fine if it weren't so explicitly about a 1st grader, but written at a level best enjoyed by second and third graders...
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Dec 21, 2012 Sara Smith rated it really liked it
I'm trying to read my 1st grader's books to see what is in kids' books these days. This was a good book.
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Johanna Hurwitz is the author of more than 60 children's books. These include RUSSELL SPROUTS, BASEBALL FEVER, PEEWEE'S TALE, SQUIRREL WORLD, MIGHTY MONTY and THE HOT & COLD SUMMER. In addition, she has written several biographies for young readers including ones about Anne Frank and Helen Keller. Her books have won many children's choice awards from states where readers vote for their favori ...more
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