Kathleen T. Pelley; Pictures by S.D. Schindler
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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.
“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