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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
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 7th 2009 by Red Fox (first published November 27th 1992)
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Zelal
Jul 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laura Hayes
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Willow
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a funny book with beautiful illustrations! It is full of happy nonsense and I liked it a lot.
Rebecca
Just beautiful and joyous. The owls alone are worth the price of the book.
Rahime
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kerry
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rhian Loxley
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Abid
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Anna
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
MJ Nicholls grew up hating this book. That's good enough for me.
Maggie Hesseling
I love the illustrations of Quentin Blake and this book is one of his finest. The rhyming is done cleverly and with repetition, which is fantastic when it comes to little children. However, story wise it leaves a little to be desired. We pretty much learn that he does a lot of fun things without a boot. And he's still 'poor' because of it. Then when he finally gets the boot, he goes to bed?

Not my favourite with regard to story, but the illustrations will keep you coming back again and again.
Andy Verschoyle
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-1
Poetry and story and opportunity for discussing what else is in the brilliant pictures. Can be read fast or slow. Has warmth and emotion. Happiness and just a little sadness with excitement at the end.
for 5 year olds
Emma Hamilton
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ks1
KS1- Year 1/2

English: Mr Magnolia has lots of medals. Where might he have got these from? Make a new rhyme about Mr Magnolia. Find all the adjectives in the book.

Maths: Count the animals that can be found in the story. Can you sort them into different groups using Venn diagrams?

Science: Think about the pond habitat in Mr Magnolia’s garden. What other creatures might live there? Can you plan an investigation to find the best surface for scooting/sliding on? Which has the most/least friction?

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Heather Hill
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a about Amazon that did not let me read the book
Anna
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this to/ with my boys. Gorgeous pictures and verse
Angie Young
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing, read to me by my dad, I can still remember all of the words and the sound of his voice reading it to me. LOVE!
Charlotte Stevens
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Cruth
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
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Joe Gordon
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sonia
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Olivia
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Serge Smagarinsky
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
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A 1001 CBYMRBYGU.

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.
George
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.
Linda Bartels
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another all time favourite of mine. I have read it with nursery children repeatedly that my colleagues know it is one of my favourites. It get the children to join in to say 'Mr Magnolia has only one boot' therefore teaching them to anticipate repeated refrains in stories and rhymes. I like the simplicity of the sentences however, I do not like the illustrations because they are too cartoonish for me the only reason why I gave it four stars.
Thabata
Mister Magnolia has only one boot. As he goes out and about, with his sister and many animal friends and human friends, he still has only-one-boot. With cute little rhymes, Quentin Blake tells us the story of the magnificent and eccentric Mr. Magnolia – and the only one boot. The illustrations are beautiful and full of charm. Mr. Blake is truly an inspiration, with unique style and poise in his scruffy traces. This is a lovely book in many ways, but especially regarding the way it looks.
Emkoshka
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'.
Cheryl
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.
Inna Nako
Jan 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhyming
-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)
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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.

Education
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
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