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    Distributor: Hachette Book Group USA Availability: Available On Sale Date:Oct 04, 2016 Carton Quantity:42 $18.95 CAD
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Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble
By (author): Susan Hughes Illustrated by: Brooke Kerrigan
9781771382915 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 7, Grade (US) from P - 2, Reading age from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Imagination & Play Oct 01, 2016 Print Run: 6000
$18.95 CAD
Forthcoming 10 x 8 x 0.38 in | 0.83 lb 32 pages Kids Can Press
Unlike her neighbors, Maggie McGillicuddy has an eye for trouble. And while she's knitting on her porch swing, she manages to spot it --- everywhere! With the ?tickety, tickety, tack!? of her knitting needles, the elderly Maggie scares off a prowling tiger! And with the ?whickety, whickety, whack!? of her walking stick, there goes a slithering snake! Of course, readers can see the tiger is really just a cat and the snake is only a tree root, so they'll be as delighted as Maggie when Charlie, the boy who just moved next door, seems to have an eye for trouble of his own! With wit and great charm, author Susan Hughes has created a playful story about friendship and the joys of an active imagination. She uses direct questions ---?You see it there, don't you??--- as hints to help children recognize what's imagined and what's actually there, expanding visual literacy. Brooke Kerrigan uses soft colors and quirky details to beautifully illustrate a child's cozy yet expansive world. Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble will make a fun and involving read-aloud, as well as a starting point for talking about imagination. And when real trouble, in the form of a car coming down the road as Charlie is about to run into it, is spotted and averted, adults will find it a useful opportunity to discuss the difference between real and pretend danger with young readers.

  • Perfect blend of text and illustrations make for a wonderful celebration of imaginative play
  • Readers are kept in on the joke with questions ("You see it there, don't you?")
  • Teaches the importance of differentiating between real and pretend danger
  • Kids will appreciate finding a kindred spirit in Maggie, as Charlie does. Maggie and Charlie know what all kids (and some adults) know - that it can be fun to be a bit scared, when it's part of pretend play. And adults will appreciate Charlie's realization that older folks are to be listened to and can be fun to hang out with.
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Highlights safety awareness
  • Positively portrays an intergenerational friendship - in this case it is not an familial relationship, which distinguishes this from most books with this theme
  • Contributes to our goal of publishing books that reflect a racially and culturally diverse population - Charlie is clearly not white, although this is not addressed in any way, not does it need to be since this is not an "issue" book
  • Educators will appreciate the language play - playful use of the idiom "eye for trouble"
  • Brooke's illustrations are so lovely and detailed. (For e.g., Maggie's knitting gets longer throughout until the last scene when she, Charlie and Cody-dog are shown wearing scarves made out of that same wool.) She has done a superb job creating a whimsical yet cozy little world for Maggie and Charlie.

Susan Hughes an award-winning author, whose books for children include Case Closed?, No Girls Allowed, Earth to Audrey and Virginia. She has loved horses since she was a child and has long dreamed of setting a story on Sable Island. Susan lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Susan Hughes has written a charming story that unites generations and celebrates the unfettered possibilities of imagination.—CM Magazine

The rollicking tale describes how much fun the imagination can be.—Resource Links

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