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Magnus Maximus, A Marvelous Measurer Hardcover – April 13, 2010
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Kindergarten-Grade 3—Magnus Maximus measures and counts everything from houses to people to spots on dogs and even the stinkiest socks. When his self-designed job leads him to measure an escaped circus lion, resulting in his saving the town, the people honor him with a statue. (Even the queen came!) The elderly man then takes his measuring to a new level. He works so hard that he falls asleep before he can count his blessings. It's not until he steps on his glasses that he takes a break and discovers some of the simple pleasures in life. Children will enjoy the humor in this eccentric's ever-increasing obsession. Fine ink lines and muted watercolors fill the illustrations with small details, add humor, and complete the story. The art firmly places it in the Victorian era, a time of scientific exploration. The style perfectly captures the focus of the marvelous measurer and his scientific obsession.—Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Magnus Maximus, an old gentleman in Victorian England, spends his days measuring and counting everything. His neighbors view him as simply “a marvelous measurer” until he encounters an escaped circus lion. He orders the lion to sit, measures his tale and whiskers, counts his fleas and heartbeats, and finally relinquishes the beast to his keeper. Magnus becomes increasingly obsessed with measuring and counting; after breaking his glasses, he cannot see to do so. A young boy leads him to enjoy the world without measuring its parts, a lesson that has a good, lasting effect. Handsome ink-and-watercolor illustrations portray Magnus Maximus and his neighbors with individuality and occasional wry humor. The period setting is convincing in every detail. While the story’s lesson may seem oddly placed in a picture book for children, there’s plenty for them to enjoy in this well-written original tale of a (literally and figuratively) shortsighted, elderly eccentric. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
Yes, this is the story of Magnus Maximus, perhaps the most marvelous measurer that ever was. He could measure anything, and he did, until the day when he broke his glasses. It was then that Magnus Maximus learned something about other things than counting.
This is a very, very nice book. The story is quite cute and very entertaining, and the illustration work is very nice indeed. Perhaps the best part of the book is the lesson that it teaches, that one must balance work and play. (Indeed, it might be a lesson more for the parent than the child!)
Yeah, this is a very good book, one that my little reader and I both enjoyed. We give it two thumbs up!