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Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer (Max and Maggie Journal) Paperback – October 15, 2013
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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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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son and I enjoyed reading this book together. I would recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Maggie and Max are twins and their mother has given them a journal to write in over the summer. She gives them some basic rules and some ideas about what to write on. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Melanie
I received a complimentary copy of Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer for review but it did not effect my honest review!
So fun! Read more
I read this book with my fourth grade students and they immediately fell in love with the two main characters, Maggie and Max. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jennifer Jasewicz
Loved reading this book! This book is perfect for both boys and girls. The illustrations, stories, and comments will make kids laugh out loud as they are reading it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by acrawfords2
This journal style type of book took me back to my classroom days. The days that I would have my students get out their journals and write. Write about life. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A Leisure Moment
Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer is a wonderful journal style book that focuses on a brother and a sister who happened to be twins. Read morePublished 17 months ago by haziraxoxo
This 4th grade teacher LOVES this book! It is fun, entertaining, and super engaging! Can't wait to read the others!Published 17 months ago by Katie Smith
My daughter is not quite ready to read this on her own, but we followed along together pretty easily. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sharisse Nicole Trainor