Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer

Kathleen T. Pelley; Pictures by S.D. Schindler

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Magnus Maximus is a marvelous measurer. He measures wetness and dryness, nearness and farness, and everything in between. When a lion escapes from a traveling circus, Magnus and his trusty measuring tape come to the rescue. Now a hero, all is well until the  day Magnus accidentally breaks his glasses, and he sees—for the first time—that he’s been missing out on life’s simple pleasures.   

Kathleen T. Pelley’s marvelous tale and S. D. Schindler's inspired illustrations remind us that the best things in life are not meant to be measured, but treasured.

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Praise for Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer

What a marvelous reading adventure Magnus Maximus is for any reader!.. This book should certainly be placed in every library and read often by adults and children.” –Starred, Library Media Connection

“Children will enjoy the humor in this eccentric’s ever-increasing obsession.” School Library Journal

“What a wonderful story for the children’s hour! Even adults will be mesmerized by the obsessively measuring Magnus..” —San Francisco Book Review

“Though sweet, the turn of events is not treacly, keeping the tale's pleasing silliness at the forefront. With equal humor, Schindler's muted, intricately crosshatched illustrations depict a formal, British 19th-century setting, with corseted ladies and men in top hats—the perfect foil to the ludicrous scenes. The comically pained expression of the lion, his whiskers stretched out to measure, is priceless.” —Publishers Weekly

“A lovely marriage of word and image. Pelley’s text is brightly humorous and musical.”Kirkus Reviews

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Kathleen T. Pelley; Pictures by S.D. Schindler

Kathleen T. Pelley is the author of Inventor McGregor, illustrated by Michael Chesworth. She lives in Greenwood Village, Colorado. S. D. Schindler has illustrated many picture books, including Margery Cuyler’s Skeleton Hiccups and Ursula K. Le Guin's Cat Dreams. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Kathleen T. Pelley
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Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer
Kathleen T. Pelley; Pictures by S.D. Schindler


Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2010
ISBN: 9780374347253
ISBN10: 0374347255
Picture Book
10 1/2 x 9 inches, 32 pages, Full-color illustrations throughout
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

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AR Quiz Number: 102633 EN
AR Book Level: 4.4
AR Points: 8


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