Review - Mostly Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

Friday, January 16, 2009

Mostly Monty
Johanna Hurwitz (Author) Anik Mcgrory (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press
ISBN-10: 076362831X
About the Book

Six-year-old Monty doesn’t have a brother, a sister, or a pet. What he does have is asthma, which sometimes makes it hard to breathe and often makes him feel like he’d rather be somebody else. And now that he’s starting first grade, he’s very nervous about being with all those kids he won’t know. Luckily, he loves to read -- even really hard books -- and has a talent for finding things, from a cocooning caterpillar to classmates who want to be in his very own club.

With familiar situations and gentle humor, Johanna Hurwitz follows an endearing character as he discovers that being himself can be pretty great after all.

My Thoughts

Anyone who's ever had or known someone with this condition, will easily associate with Monty. It's no fun living with Asthma. And author Johanna Hurwitz writes of this with compassion and with a voice that's endearing. It's also interesting to read how the story turns out. It gives an interesting perspective to those who don't know what it is to live with and/or overcome this condition. In short, this is a gem of a story!

About the Author

Johanna Hurwitz is the award-winning author of more than sixty books for young readers, including the Riverside Kids series and Ethan Out and About and Ethan at Home. She lives in Great Neck, New York.

Anik Scannell McGrory has illustrated several books for children. She lives in Tarrytown, New York.

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