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Mario Makes a Move

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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  144 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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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John
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dance, 2012
This picture book will inspire your students to show off their best moves.
Angela
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
For everyone whose got "a move" and just needs the motivation to share, show and tell it.
Fun illustrations make this one a winner for story time.
Conni Strittmatter
The illustrations are very cute. I like the lesson in the end. There is also a cute list of facts about squirrels at the end.
Mary
I liked the idea of sharing talents (and that nobody "owns" them) but the book didn't grab me. The retro illustrations were fun.
Amy Forrester
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Clare Rossetter
Apr 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jim Erekson
I really loved I'm Not a Baby, so I had a lot of expectations coming into this book. A bit of jealousy and reconciliation in the story, good universal themes. But not much complexity and an easy solution. I love how Jill McElmurry keeps movement at the heart of the story both in pictures and words, and Mario’s lame stick collection was a funny way to emphasize this. The backgrounds and forest animals were painted reminiscent of 1950s & 60s illustrators who borrowed from folk art traditions—I ...more
Kerrikoala
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, but I'll bump it to 4, since the author has the same first name as my favorite squirrel.

So yeah, this wasn't quite what I expected. It was cute, but the smarter and more talented girl squirrel had to stroke the ego of the boy squirrel when he felt ordinary. I'm all about girl power and stuff, and at other times I'd be like, "Haha, she's better than you!" and "so typical," but I actually felt sorry for Mario this time. It worked out in the end, but I guess I would have liked a differen
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Jen
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. :-)
Sydney Hall
If readers can't tell by the title, this book is full of alliterations. I love that about this book because I think it would be a great mentor text for a unit of special text features such as alliterations. They are fun and easy for students to catch on to. This book also has a good moral of finding individuality and being your true self.
Lisa Fabiano
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?
Read  Ribbet
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.
Pamela
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.
Betsy
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute story about awareness of the gifts of others. Loved the squirrel facts at the end.
Ashley
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pre-K
Jodie
Aug 15, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's ok to be unique and to share.
Sharon Lawler
Fans of squirrels will enjoy this cute story about two friends who share their amazing moves and create the Even More Amazingly Amazer.
Tara Kothari
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: juv-values
About Merging your talents with your friends to get better at something. About being yourself and being confident!
Shelli
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Always thinking his movies were special, Mario becomes disheartened after he discovers that anybody can have "a move." Maybe he should collect sticks or eat worms or something.
North Lake County Public Library
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the littlies seemed to connect with it during our StoryTime Thursdays (ages 3-5, for the most part). Lovely illustrations, interesting story.
Jessica
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute story and the illustrations are quite fun.
Peacegal
A squirrel learns to be proud of his accomplishments, even if others are capable of doing the same thing.
Danielle
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: squirrels, childrens
Fun illustrations of the dance moves. And I love the "If you are a squirrel" list included at the end of the book.
Erin
If you are a squirrel page
Edward Sullivan
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Amazing acrobatic squirrels.
Dee
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Those darn squirrels are at it again. This book proves they can do math. Pesky? Yes! Amazing? Absolutely!
Jessica
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming book for all ages, with a perfect marriage of text and illustration -- an "amazingly amazing" little piece of theatre!
Sarah
Charming illustrations - gouache on water color paper.

Text - basic. Heavily based on dialogue.
Molly
rated it really liked it
Dec 26, 2012
Duane
rated it it was ok
May 23, 2012
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