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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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); First Edition edition (April 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374347255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374347253
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a marvelous children's book! The illustrations are simply delightful-- beautiful with painstaking detail and precision, and storyline (an eccentric but sweet measurer who measures all sorts of charming oddities, like the floppiness of a dog's ears) is lovely. I stumbled upon this book in a bookstore in the Hudson Valley and I am so glad I bought it for my daughter, and now am purchasing more books by the same author. It is a real treasure.
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"There once was an old man who loved to measure things. His name was Magnus Maximus, and he lived all alone in a ramshackle house in a town by the sea."

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!
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This was a good read for my husband and I to read to our toddler son. We all ready enjoyed it and despite it's length it kept our son's attention the whole time. I would definitely recommend this book to friends especially of those to whom read to their children often and want to mix it up. I definitely think this would be a favorite for years to come.
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Magnus Maximus measured and counted things most all the time. He was a marvelous measurer of the most extraordinary things. But, he spent so much time measuring, that he simply didn't do a single other thing. One day, while his glasses were being repaired, he walked down to the ocean, and met a young boy Michael, who reminded him of the beauty and fun in this world. After he picked up his new glasses, Maximus continued to measure, but at the clock's chime of six, he relaxed in beauty of his garden, looking at the setting sun and the starry sky. This is a nice book for children ages 5-8 about finding the balance between work and hobbies and the value of free time.
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Magnus is the official measurer of the town. He is very good at this job. He measures everything and keeps great records. One day his world is turned upside down because his glasses break and he can't see well enough to measure. While he is waiting for them to be fixed he takes a break at the seashore. While there a little child reminds him that he needs to take time to enjoy life and not work all the time. After visiting and playing with the child Magnus learns a valuable lesson. He learns to balance his work life while still taking time to do fun things as well. I loved this story. Adults and children are so busy these days. This can serve as a gentle reminder that we are not promised tomorrow and that we should make the most of each day.
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