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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Kentucky Bluegrass Awards 2011, Grades K-2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Library Binding edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763633267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763633264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kindergarten-Grade 2—A big brother is skeptical of the little pink monkeys his sister says have moved into the refrigerator. Dad supports Maggie's claim, and "was careful not to shut the door on their tails when he took out the mayonnaise." Mom makes extra banana pudding for them and older sister Kate helps dress them in invisible clothes. Big brother doesn't buy the premise that they live in the refrigerator because they are polar monkeys. When he confronts his mother, she responds, "Sometimes...it's hard to know what's real." When his friends come over, they laugh at Maggie's monkeys and threaten to let them escape. Big brother notices and responds to Maggie's tears and "quick, worried suck" of her thumb. He steps up to her defense, affirming his love for her. Carter's black colored pencil and gouache cartoon illustrations feature a lively family in a cheerfully decorated home. Pages depicting characters who support Maggie's belief are framed and have a little monkey hanging onto the border. Pages with big brother's skepticism are plain and unframed until he, too, buys into the story. This splendidly crafted tale of imagination and family love may start discussions about what is real, what is not, and the power of persuasion.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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About the Author

Linda Sanders-Wells, a freelance writer, says of her first book, "To me, MAGGIE'S MONKEYS is about two very powerful forces: love and imagination. Magical things happen when those two are at play in our lives." She lives in Cincinnati.

Abby Carter has illustrated many books for children, including the Andy Shane series by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and FULLHOUSE: AN INVITATION TO FRACTIONS by Dayle Ann Dodds. She lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By e.E. Charlton-Trujillo on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
An excellent read aloud, "Maggie's Monkeys" depicts a heartwarming and engaging brother/sister story. Rather than restate the synopsis, let me say that Jack and Maggie's relationship rings true of young siblings. The illustrations bring distinct expressions and situations to vivid life. And let's not forget those monkeys. I love the monkeys! This 2009 Junior Library Guild picture book doesn't miss a beat thanks to author Ms. Linda Sanders-Wells and illustrator Abby Carter.

If you're looking for a story both entertaining and colorful, "Maggie's Monkeys" is the next book on your child's shelf!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Peters on May 11, 2009
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Maggie's Monkeys is a captivating read for kids of all ages. Growing up with two older brothers, it warmed my heart and made me fondly remember our adventures together.

Linda has written a fantastic story that is sure to become a classic for families. I'm going to get a copy for every big brother I know.
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By minkymu on July 14, 2014
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By CAROL GOLEMBIEWSKI on October 9, 2013
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I purchased this book solely because the title has my granddaughter's name in it. I took a gamble and it paid off. I read it to my kindergarteners and they loved it!
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By EJH on August 19, 2013
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I bought this book because my daughter is named Maggie - thought she would enjoy seeing her name. It was a great story.
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Linda Sanders-Wells is the author of Maggie's Monkeys (Candlewick, 2009). Linda, a freelance writer, says of her first book, "To me, Maggie's Monkeys is about two very powerful forces: love and imagination. Magical things happen when those two are at play in our lives." She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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