Official Review: The Many Moods of Maggie Mu and Molly, Too

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Official Review: The Many Moods of Maggie Mu and Molly, Too

Post by Cecilia_L » 23 Jan 2019, 09:55

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Many Moods of Maggie Mu and Molly, Too" by Julie Fox.]
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"I hear you. I see you, and I love you," are the words Molly has whispered to her furry friend, Maggie Mu, since the day she brought her home from the pet store. The Many Moods of Maggie Mu and Molly, Too by Julie Fox is an educational children's book that teaches young readers how to identify their emotions and learn to advocate for themselves.

Beautifully illustrated by Brent Metcalf, the book features colorful art on every page, as well as cute characters including Maggie's hedgehog, who makes appearances in random places and is sure to delight young readers. In addition to the whimsical illustrations, the adventures Molly shares with her lovable pet will entertain young readers while teaching them vocabulary related to moods and emotions. Even though she is a young girl, Molly who struggles in class and is overwhelmed by background noise, sets a positive example for children who learn differently, by stepping outside of her comfort zone and requesting help from her teacher.

This is the type of book that is a pleasure to read to children. It's entertaining and well-written, and the illustrations are lovely. The overall message is teaching children self-advocacy, and I applaud the sensitive manner that the author introduces Molly's different way of learning. It isn't the focal point of the story and doesn't define who she is. Molly mentions having difficulty tuning out noise and focusing at school. The emotions she experiences are taught on a child's level. The author seamlessly weaves the vocabulary into the storyline, and throughout the book, the new words are subtly underlined in gray and included in a glossary at the end of the book. Initially, it may be necessary to explain the meanings of certain words. For example, according to the glossary, Maggie Mu is a nickname for "maguntuk," an Inuit word for howler. However, most children will learn the vocabulary by reading and rereading the story. Young readers will relate to a little girl who loves her dog, sometimes gets frustrated, and is learning to ask for help. Honestly, I was hooked from the time I read, "I hear you. I see you, and I love you." I can almost hear my grandson repeating the words with me, and I look forward to reading it with him soon.

I was equally impressed by the talented illustrator; not only because the illustrations evoke an emotional response based on the close bond between Molly and her pet, but also by the abundance of personality Maggie exudes. Young readers will be quite taken with Maggie Mu. I was particularly charmed by the hedgehog, Harry, who popped up randomly with appropriate accessories for the occasion and was usually placed somewhere that wasn't immediately obvious. I know from experience that children will be amused by searching for him on each page, followed by giggles and exclamations. "There's the hedgehog--look what he's wearing!"

I really can't think of anything I disliked about this book. In addition to the delightful way it teaches self-advocacy to young readers and its exceptional illustrations, it's also flawlessly edited. I'm pleased to rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to young readers and parents, teachers, and grandparents of children ranging from preschool through second grade. It may also be resourceful for those who read to children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

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Post by plukozu » 31 Jan 2019, 06:31

Great book which reminds how me it was trying to gain an understanding of learning concepts when growing up in a different way from others.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 31 Jan 2019, 07:39

plukozu wrote:
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Great book which reminds how me it was trying to gain an understanding of learning concepts when growing up in a different way from others.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by kandscreeley » 31 Jan 2019, 09:03

I love the cover. I love that there are animals in this and that it has such a great message for children. All in all it sounds perfect! Thanks.
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Post by Cecilia_L » 31 Jan 2019, 09:05

kandscreeley wrote:
31 Jan 2019, 09:03
I love the cover. I love that there are animals in this and that it has such a great message for children. All in all it sounds perfect! Thanks.
It really is a fun book with a wonderful message. Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Usualsuspect » 31 Jan 2019, 10:38

I loved this review! The wording is exceptional. The book seems very interesting, and I am going to read it soon.

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Post by kdstrack » 31 Jan 2019, 11:26

I enjoyed your comments about this book. I am a big supporter of pets for children. They help children develop responsibilities while giving them emotional support. It's interesting that you recommend this book for autistic children. Thanks for a beautifully written review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 31 Jan 2019, 12:24

kdstrack wrote:
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I enjoyed your comments about this book. I am a big supporter of pets for children. They help children develop responsibilities while giving them emotional support. It's interesting that you recommend this book for autistic children. Thanks for a beautifully written review.
Thanks for your kind comments. Some of Maggie's difficulties at school are consistent with behaviors of children of high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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Post by chewy4uto » 31 Jan 2019, 18:00

Love your review. I look forward to reading it to my nephews. They love to learn and enjoy books with good illustrations. It' so nice to see books that help children deal with there emotions.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 31 Jan 2019, 18:01

chewy4uto wrote:
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Love your review. I look forward to reading it to my nephews. They love to learn and enjoy books with good illustrations. It' so nice to see books that help children deal with there emotions.
Thank you. I hope your nephews enjoy the book.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 01 Feb 2019, 07:43

This is an amazing children's book that seems to hold everything a good book has to offer, such as beautifully illustrated colourful art, cute characters and a moral like how children can identify emotions and learn to advocate for themselves. Great review.

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Post by Mbrooks2518 » 01 Feb 2019, 11:44

This sounds like a cute book with a great lesson to read with my niece, who's currently in kindergarten. Great review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Feb 2019, 18:24

Rose Harebate wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 07:43
This is an amazing children's book that seems to hold everything a good book has to offer, such as beautifully illustrated colourful art, cute characters and a moral like how children can identify emotions and learn to advocate for themselves. Great review.
Thanks for your comment, Rose.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 01 Feb 2019, 18:25

Mbrooks2518 wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 11:44
This sounds like a cute book with a great lesson to read with my niece, who's currently in kindergarten. Great review!
Thank you. I appreciate your comment.

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Post by nonamer_miss » 01 Feb 2019, 20:22

I am impressed that the author thought of writing a book that will teach kids how to distinguish their emotions. I think children need this kind book so they will know the emotions as early as possible. It was a good read, thanks for the review!

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