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Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer (Max and Maggie Journal) Paperback – October 15, 2013

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In this first book of the Max and Maggie series, the 10-year-old twins have just completed fourth grade and are excited about summer break. That is, until Mom says she has bought them a journal for the summer, and they each must write 12 entries. She gives detailed instructions on selecting a topic, who writes first, and how they may add comments. To begin, each twin suggests topics; from there, they alternate writing first. They start with entry 12, thinking that doing so will make finishing a greater relief. From a trip to the zoo to their annual physical checkup to the family’s ice cream testing day, and so on, one twin describes events, while the other adds lengthy commentary. Maggie’s entries and art are in slim pencil, and Max’s are in darker print. Each liberally uses doodling and drawing. The lined journal format makes good sense, but the writing comes off as overly grammatical. Some entries feel either long and redundant, though they do show a progressive appreciation and affection between the twins. Grades 3-5. --J. B. Petty

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ForeWord Review- Funny, tell-all journal entries of ten-year-old twins reveals the inner workings of sibling and family relationships as can only be seen through the eyes of children.
Ten-year-old twins Max and Maggie Pruitt wrote a shared journal over the summer. Mom came up with this summer project to end their squabbling and help them better understand one another. The result is a funny collection of personal narratives.
Mom Made Us Write This In the Summer
offers affectionate and amusing stories from the point of view of a ten-year-old brother and sister.


<div>ForeWord Review- Funny, tell-all journal entries of ten-year-old twins reveals the inner workings of sibling and family relationships as can only be seen through the eyes of children.
<div><div>Ten-year-old twins Max and Maggie Pruitt wrote a shared journal over the summer. Mom came up with this summer project to end their squabbling and help them better understand one another. The result is a funny collection of personal narratives.
Mom Made Us Write This In the Summer
offers affectionate and amusing stories from the point of view of a ten-year-old brother and sister.</div></div></div> --ForeWord Reviews
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Product Details

  • Series: Max and Maggie Journal
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Erie Island Media; 1st edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989375501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989375504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My son Luke, aged 9, read this book and laughed hysterically! It was age appropriate, language appropriate and supported good family characteristics. And, it even got him to journal. My son's teacher loved the book too! It's a great read for boys and girls.
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Maier's book will inspire kids and parents to exercise their creativity with ease after reading this completely enjoyable story. The children will laugh out loud as they are granted a ringside seat during Maggie and Max's summer, and it may even encourage them to begin a journal of their own. It's written in the twins' point of view which is easy to follow, and the fantastic illustrations match up perfectly. There are bonus pages at the end of the book to help you begin your own journal, and it's easy enough to start any time of the year, not just over summer vacation. Parents will get a kick out of how close in comparison the main characters are to their own children, and the author may provide a little motivation for Mom and Dad to come up with ideas like this to keep the little ones busy. A great addition to any bookshelf, and to share with friends!
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Have you ever seen pictures on Pinterest or Facebook with two kids held together by a large t-shirt and on the front it is written “This is our get along shirt.” Well, I have no idea if that works or not. What this Mom did seems a little more creative and effective. When ten year old twins, Max and Maggie, completed fourth grade and were settled in for the summer, they began to squabble. So, Mom bought a journal. Maggie actually likes stuff like that so she thought Mom bought the journal for her. But, oh no, it was for Max and Maggie to share during the summer. Mom wrote the first two pages of the journal. Some of the rules included that they take turns choosing a topic. Whoever chooses the topic writes first. They both must write about the same topic. They can make comments on each other’s writing, but they must be polite. Then she made a page of topic ideas.

Its fun to see how the twins worked together to bring their journal to life. It was an added pleasure to see the comments they made on each other’s writing – and yes, they were (fairly) polite! Sometimes they would choose a topic that they knew the other wasn’t fond of but they cooperated which was part of the goal. They included good-humored little drawings to make their topic more vibrant. One of Maggie’s topics was their visit to the Zoo; Max wasn’t thrilled about the Zoo, but he did find some humor in it, and so will the reader. The book is ‘Juvenile Fiction / Family’ and is recommended for 2nd – 6th grade students. The book is language appropriate for children. If your child is not a strong reader, I think it would be fun for him or her to read it with an adult. I really enjoyed this book and rated it 4.5 out of 5.
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By Vonnie on January 2, 2015
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How do kids want to spend their summer vacation? Not doing homework, that's for sure. This story was told through journal entries between a brother and sister, Max and Maggie. They were forced to write during the summer by their mother to make them get along. This book was absolutely cute and entertaining, and I found myself having a lot of fun with it.

What I loved best about this book was the creativity of the journals. Max and Maggie each had their own writing style. It made it easier to recognize whose journal entry was being read. All the journals had doodles that made it visually pleasing and fun to look at, which showed the different personalities of each child. It was very interesting to read how Max and Maggie had different perspectives to the same situations. It was hilarious and amusing to read their point of views. The creativity added to the entertainment of the book.

Max and Maggie were realistic. They each had fears and quirks as well as strengths. Though they were twins, their personalities were not the same. Max was the sporty boy who loved to shoot things and enjoyed anything that was gross. Maggie was the fashionable one who loved to go clothes shopping and loved cute animals, but hated babies. It was fun to read the kinds of topics that each sibling picked and it was enjoyable to read the comments that they made to each other. Max and Maggie sounded like two realistic siblings who bickered yet loved each other.

As a whole, this was an adorable children's book. I loved the idea that Max and Maggie had to write journals to each other so they could get along. They were creative and humorous. Though Max and Maggie somewhat understood the reasoning behind the journals towards the end, I was expecting a touching moment. It was still an entertaining book.
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Ten-year-old twins, Maggie and Max, are enjoying their summer holidays until they get into one too many noisy arguments. Mom, who works at home, has had enough. In order to encourage understanding and respect towards each other, she tells them they must keep a joint journal of twelve entries. Each child must initiate six topics and the other must respond in the journal. Pictures are allowed (and are hilarious).

Maier has tremendous insight into the 10-year-old mind, both male and female. Each child has fears and strengths. Both experienced frustration understanding the point of view of their sibling, but by the end of the summer have gained insights and, hopefully, empathy toward their twin.

The book is not preachy and there is no great, dramatic incident, but it is an enjoyable read. The children are forthright and funny. Several incidents and illustrations are sure to make the reader laugh out loud. It is realistic, believable, and highly relatable. Even adults will find themselves nodding at similar experiences.

Because the book is peppered with charming doodles, done by the children, it may be difficult to share with a large group. However, I think it would make a wonderful book for a parent to read to their children, especially those that conflict over the summer. They may even choose to have their children emulate Maggie and Max and write their own journal. The author has cleverly provided a journal for purchase that would suit this activity.

I wonder if the idea might be adopted in a different way, a journal between a parent and child, especially a child of divorced parents one of who lives a distance away. It could also be used by a parent who is working or serving in the military far away. An online journal, with a limited number of entries, might provide an experience for connection.

This amusing book subtly increases the reader's perception of others while providing a highly entertaining read. Highly recommended.
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