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Mario Makes a Move
by Jill McElmurry (Goodreads Author)
According to Publishers Weekly in a starred review, this picture book "capture[s] the exuberance of the creative spirit alongside the quirks of a character accepting his limitations." Mario is a squirrel who loves to invent amazing moves, like the Super Looper and Tail, Don't Fail. But though his parents ooh and ahh at whatever he does, his friend Isabelle is not so easily ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Schwartz & Wade
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At first glance I was not impressed with this book. However, after using it with several classes I found there was more to this book then I had given it credit for. Mario is a squirrel who is full of self confidence due to having a very supportive family. Because of this he is able to deal with a perceived indifference from his friend Isabelle. At first he is crushed by her,"ho hum", attitude about his very creative moves. In the end the two work together to create the, "Even More Amazingly Amaz ...more
Mario likes to invent amazing moves, like the Super Looper, the Rocket to Mars, the Crazy Wave. As he soars through the air everyone exclaims, “Artistic!” “Astonishing!” “Artistic!” Everyone except his friend Isabelle. She says, “Nice.” What!? Mario just can’t handle nice, he knows his talent is unique and amazing. But when he challenges Isabelle, he finds she can perform his moves with equal agility. Not only that, but Isabelle shows him that he’s not the only one with moves; everyone in the fo ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how Mario was creative/inventive and Isabelle was brainy/creative. I enjoyed the illustrations and the way everyone had a move of his/her own, thus showing that anyone can be creative. And I especially liked that Mario and Isabelle worked together to create a new amazing move to top their individual efforts. But almost most of all, I liked how the last page of the book included 13 facts about squirrels. :-)
Sep 02, 2012 Pamela rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Mario doesn't think his move is too amazing anymore after Isabelle just calls it nice. Fun story about the power of words. Could be used as a fun example of how the same word can be modified slightly to change from a verb, to a noun, to an adjective, to an adverb (to amaze, amazer, amazing, amazingly). Contains interesting facts about squirrels at the end.
A flying squirrel shows off his talents and then abandons them when others can do them too and has to be coaxed to come back to them paying off by collaborating with a friend. McElmurry adds some interesting ages of drawn plans away from the narrative story pages and has an interesting list of facts about squirrel's at the end.
Mario is a very talented squirrel who likes to create amazing moves: Jitterbug, Super Looper and Bowling Bowl to name a few. When his friend Isabelle is not impressed and shows him her own amazing moves, Mario is at a loss. He wants to be the only one who can make amazing moves. What is a squirrel to do?