Saturday, October 8, 2016

Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes - OPTIONAL

Hughes, Susan  Maggie McGillicuddy’s Eye for Trouble  Illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan  PICTURE BOOK  Kids Can Press, 2016.  $16.95  Content: G.  

Elderly Maggie McGillicuddy sits on her front porch and watches over her neighborhood.  She mixes her imagination with the real world and sees trouble lurking (snakes in the grass, stampeding elephants), but one day she sees real trouble when her little neighbor, Charlie, runs after his ball towards the street and an oncoming car.  Maggie yells the danger to Charlie and saves him.  Now together they sit on the porch swing and imagine trouble.  

This book is a bit confusing it took me and my kids half the book to figure out that the trouble Maggie saw wasn’t real.  The author also has a running dialogue in parentheses with the reader which interrupts the flow of the story.  The illustrations are cute but are in muted pastels.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.

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