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"Who needs this?"Maggie Schultz doesn't have any use for those wiggly, squiggly letters used in grownup handwriting. Even though Maggie's entire third grade class is learning to write, Maggie insists she will continue to print or write on the computer.But for a smart girl, Maggie gets herself into a silly predicament - one in which she becomes the laughingstock of the clas"Who needs this?"Maggie Schultz doesn't have any use for those wiggly, squiggly letters used in grownup handwriting. Even though Maggie's entire third grade class is learning to write, Maggie insists she will continue to print or write on the computer.But for a smart girl, Maggie gets herself into a silly predicament - one in which she becomes the laughingstock of the class and makes a lot of trips to the principal's office!Alternate Cover for ISBN #0380710870...

Title : muggie maggie
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ISBN : 17697807
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Number of Pages : 70 Pages
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muggie maggie Reviews

  • Catherine
    2019-06-02 03:36

    While I think the subject matter of this book is a good topic, the adults in this story are just awful - from the parents to the teacher. As a teacher, this teacher does not inspire Maggie to learn in a positive way, nor do her parents, nor her father's secretary.

  • Madeline
    2019-06-23 04:28

    A silly, but amusing little book about a third-grade girl's battle to learn cursive. I'm reviewing it only because it really sticks out in my memory, because this book influenced my own handwriting. So, in the book, Maggie's mother is telling her how when she was in college, all the girls she knew dotted their i's with circles because they thought it was artistic. At the end of the book, Maggie starts doing this too. This idea stuck with me for some reason, and when i was thirteen I spent an entire school year training myself to dot my i's with circles. I still do it to this day, and have to force myself not to on applications or other super-important documents where I feel like I'll be judged for my silly handwriting.

  • Heather E.
    2019-06-19 03:41

    This book was a little tricky for my kids because they have to be able to read cursive to read the book, and by the time they can read cursive it's below their reading level.

  • Chelsey
    2019-06-07 03:21

    My childhood!

  • Liz
    2019-06-22 09:32

    I love all things Beverly Cleary. I wish cursive was still more of a thing.

  • Holly Splawn
    2019-06-02 08:20

    Great concept, but the characters are not as nearly endearing as those in the Ramona series.

  • Natalie
    2019-06-24 05:48

    Wow. This book is so stupid. As a teacher I found it completely ridiculous. It was written in 1990 but felt like something from the 50s. The thought of a girl being sent to the principal for not writing in cursive is so dumb, even in the 90s. (At least where I grew up. If anyone did grow up in a school like that, I feel sad for you.) Maggie decides (for no good reason) that she doesn't want to learn cursive. The teacher concocts this stupid plan to get her to want to read cursive. I can't imagine any teacher being that weird and manipulative. Didn't like this book at all. BOB 3/4

  • Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
    2019-06-16 04:49

    I grew up reading Beverly Cleary's books both at home and school, and loved most of the characters in the Henry and Ramona series. The schools depicted were true to the time of publication and I could relate to the kids' thoughts and feelings.Not so Muggie Maggie. For 1990, the school sounded a lot like the 1960s--we stopped "saluting the flag" way back about 1970, unless they've started again. The teacher's emphasis on being "good citizens" was old hat thirty years ago, and makes the book feel like a rehash. I couldn't identify with Maggie as a real 1990's kid at all--she seems to have no out-of-school friendships her own age, and her family, again, feels like a sixties family dressed up in 90s clothes. Computers were new-ish back then, but even so. Dad goes jogging every morning and mom teaches exercise classes to overweight women (nice!) so of course they're all about Maggie getting outside to play with Kisser (!!!) the dog. Shame she doesn't have any human kid-friends.I was one of the worst students in "penmanship" (ie learning to write cursive) in my own class, except for one boy who I realise now would be diagnosed as dislexic, but I didn't like the business with the notes. As another reviewer mentions, by the time kids are reading cursive, this book is too babyish for them. It's also very condescending toward the child-protagonist, as if the adult writer is winking over Maggie's and the child-reader's head to the parents, saying, "Wasn't this clever!"Not really. I felt no empathy with any of the characters. Did Teacher hatch this whole plot of the notes up for one student? Must be a small class. And I'm just sure the principal would want a kid zipping around the halls constantly instead of being in the classroom. Maggie goes around pointing out the adults' mistakes---in a matter she herself hasn't learned. Not believable.

  • Siomara
    2019-06-20 06:27

    I loved this. It was about a third grader who could just not understand script.

  • Nevada Libert
    2019-06-04 03:49

    this is a great book about cursive and how a girl did not like cursive but in the end reallised that cursive is important and fun.

  • Meredith Pocius
    2019-06-11 06:29

    What I thought about the book Muggie Maggie is that it was a really good book. I also liked the fact that Maggie's teacher Mrs. Leeper helped get Maggie to realize that she could read cursive only if she went and set her mind to it. I also liked the fact that Maggie's teacher Mrs. Leeper went and made maggie go to the principal and have some talks with him by writing secret notes about her student to try to get his help in figuring out why she was being so stubborn in not wanting to read or write cursive because she thought that she did not need to use it in third grade.

  • Madison
    2019-06-07 04:30

    Very good.

  • David JosephMikels
    2019-06-04 05:29

    A fine young adult book

  • Madz
    2019-06-24 04:45

    I love this book! I read it in 3rd grade and loved it! I love Maggie and the cute little story Beverly Cleary tells about cursive and a girl who is stubborn about not writing cursive.

  • Becca
    2019-06-07 08:44

    I like some of Cleary's other books MUCH better.

  • Jennifer
    2019-06-03 08:45

    Cute book that I read together with my youngest daughter. Beverly Cleary has always been my favorite author!

  • Karijean31
    2019-05-28 05:36

    Cute book about a third grader that doesn't want to learn how to write cursive.

  • Amy
    2019-06-19 10:39

    This one felt like there needed to be a little more. Full review here:

  • Kristie Rodas
    2019-05-30 10:37

    I grew up reading Beverly Clearly books and loved them but I just did not enjoy this book. At least it was a super quick read otherwise I probably woukdnt have kept going.

  • Cynthia Egbert
    2019-06-11 04:22

    This was a fun look at the ornery mind of a third grader and the lengths that a good teacher will go in order to move that mind to accept a new concept in her education. I appreciated this one because i am sad to see the teaching of cursive writing going by the wayside.

  • Izzy
    2019-06-05 09:26

    This book was so good. I loved how Maggie H-A-T-E-D hated cursive. I myself am really looking forward to cursive, though. Maggie had a dog, and I thought it was such a sweetie pie. 3 SMILIES! =) =) =)

  • Devon Flaherty
    2019-06-02 11:41

    Muggie Maggie, by Beverly Cleary. Published in 1991, by HarperCollins.I actually forgot that we read this book before Christmastime, which I think says a lot about the book itself. We were waiting for the next Henry Huggins books, so we decided to read this one-book Beverly Cleary, which we already had in our library. It was forgettable.Now, I have really enjoyed Beverly Cleary. Our family has been enjoying her at bedtime for months. We really enjoyed Ramona Quimby, and are moderately enjoying Henry Huggins. We were let down, then, when we read through this book in a couple nights.First, it’s just too short. Cleary’s allure, as a writer, is her “normal,” nostalgic characters. Less so are her plot lines, which usually cover plenty of “normal” days in the lives of her characters. With such a slim, singular volume, we don’t become invested enough in Maggie to want to follow her through her normal adventures.We also found the plot to be a little weird. Why Maggie chooses cursive to mutiny about left my kids feeling distanced from the writing. Perhaps its because they are Montessori kids and learned cursive in kindergarten? Even so, many children are not learning cursive at all these days. So the plot has become a bit irrelevant, or just, as I said, a little weird. Perhaps a secondary plot line about something deeper would give some sort of backstory as to why Maggie is mutinying now?Plus, the title should have just been Muggie.I wouldn’t really discourage anyone from reading Muggie Maggie. As always, the writing is clear and un-distracting, the setting clean and refreshing, and the situations entertaining. However, I would tell you that you are much better to read the Ramona series, the Henry series, or probably some of her other books (which we have not read yet, like The Mouse and the Motorcycle or Dear Mr. Henshaw). In the end, you could fill your arms with great Cleary books, and just leave Muggie Maggie at the bookstore.***REVIEW WRITTEN FOR THE STARVING ARTIST BLOG***

  • Kelley
    2019-06-03 11:35

    We listened to this on audio. It was fine. Short- only 41 minutes.

  • Erica Cowhick
    2019-06-06 07:41

    Muggie Maggie is about a girl that is starting third grade and the teacher informs the class that they will be starting cursive. Maggie thinks this is a horrible idea and doensn't want to do it. She puts off writing cursive while all her classmates are writing it. Maggie gets in trouble by her teacher. The teacher, Mrs. Leeper, has a conference with Maggie's mother about her not writing cursive. Maggie still refuses to write cursive after her parents are mad at her and take the computer away from her. Maggie gets the school teacher, principal, the school psychologist, her classmates, and her parents involved in the whole scheme. After awhile of Maggie not writing cursive, Mrs. Leeper gives the Message Monitor job to Maggie. Maggie has to take messages to several places in the school. She eventually peeks are looks at the messages Mrs. Leeper is writing. Maggie see's her name on one of the letters and realizes that they are talking about her. Maggie can't read cursive and she wanted to figure out what the notes were saying. Eventually maggie gives in and starts to practice cursive on her own. This was Mrs. Leeper's plan all along is to get Maggie to read the messages that she was sending.Activities:1. Students can do a reader's theater. Put a student at the front of the room and give them a character's name. Have students ask that student (Character) questions that they would have to answer.2. Have students create a character poster of a character in the book. The students would put different traits of that character on the poster.

  • Books Kids Like
    2019-06-20 10:26

    Maggie Schultz's third grade classmates are excited about learning cursive, but Maggie decides that she doesn’t want to have any part of it. The first day, her teacher compares cursive writing to a rollercoaster. While the other students are practicing loops and curves, Maggie draws rollercoasters all over her paper. At home, she studies her parents' handwriting. They certainly don't form their letters the way they're supposed to. When Maggie's class begins to write individual letters, Maggie tries writing them the way her parents do. She even tries writing left-handed like her mother. When she writes her name is looks more like Muggie than Maggie. All of this attracts negative attention, and Mrs. Schultz is asked to meet with the principal. Everyone expects her to buckle down and learn cursive. By now, Maggie is willing to but her pride won't let her back down. Her teacher decides to do something about it, and she chooses her for message monitor. Several times a day, Maggie carries messages from her teacher to other teachers or the principal. Maggie can’t read the cursive words, but one day she recognizes her name and realizes that they are writing about her. This proves to be all the incentive she needs. Once again, Beverly Cleary writes a book that remains as relevant and contemporary as the day it was published. Maggie’s independent nature will strike a chord with many young readers.

  • Jackie
    2019-06-21 11:37

    Muggie Maggie, written by Beverly Cleary tells the story of a young girl named Maggie who beginning to learn cursive. Maggie is avoiding the correct ways of writing cursive because she wants her writing to look just like her parents, which is very sloppy. The teacher is getting very mad at Maggie for not following directions and writing neat. Maggie knows how to read cursive, which means she knows how to write but is pretending she doesn’t. When Maggie discovers the notes are about her she really needs to get her act together. Beverly Cleary is a great author. Her book helps children relate to something going on in their life. Most children who are Maggie’s age are learning cursive and a lot of them are having issues writing neat. The author makes the book appealing to children on a variety of levels. Beverly Cleary uses humor to help keep readers interested. Illustrations by Alan Tiegreen help readers relate to events going on in Maggie’s life and understand what she is going through. This book is perfect for children 9 to 12 years of age.

  • K.C. Rivers
    2019-06-25 10:22

    This is one of those simple classics that takes me back to my childhood. Beverly Cleary remains one of my all-time favorite authors EVER because she simply gets how children think. I adored her books when I was growing up, and I enjoy them just as much now as I did back then. Muggie Maggie holds a particularly dear spot in my heart because I am one of the few old-fashioned souls who simply loves cursive handwriting. I will never part with it. (Mainly because my cursive looks about ten thousand times better than my sloppy printing.) I know a book like this seems especially outdated, considering most schools don’t even teach cursive writing anymore, but I still love it. And I hope that children will eventually be taught cursive, at least as an option to them. Otherwise, how will they be able to read certain historical documents? Yeah, I’m probably in the minority, and I’m certainly not a schoolteacher or anything. Still, my opinion and my love of cursive stands in place, so this book will forever remain one of my favorites.

  • Robert
    2019-06-23 10:45

    This book has been on my classroom bookshelf for some time. I am not certain where it came from. It is well-loved (falling apart). I am a fan of Beverly Cleary, although it wasn't until just now that I read this.As a teacher, this is a book that is cute and sappy. Perseverance is always a trait we teachers embrace. Maggie Schultz has determination that I long for students to have.Maggie is obstinate when it comes to learning cursive writing. She is adamant that will not learn it. This, of course, annoys her parents and teacher. Fortunately, Maggie has a teacher who is equally determined. She devises a plan to motivate Maggie to learn cursive. With the help of Maggie's parents, the teacher learns that Maggie had wanted to be a monitor. The teacher makes her one who delivers messages to the other teachers.Brilliantly, the teacher writes all these notes in cursive, daring Maggie to read them. She does. Over time she learns enough to understand what she reads.It's a cute book.

  • Selah Pike
    2019-05-31 09:27

    Cute Beverly Cleary story! I appreciate the argument for learning cursive. I find it disheartening that Common Core has done away with cursive. Of course children should learning keyboarding, but not at the expense of cursive. They need both.

  • ABC
    2019-05-30 10:49

    This is not the best of Beverly Cleary. The story is very slight and feels like it should be part of a larger book. It is about a girl named Maggie who doesn't want to learn cursive writing. At first (way too quickly, I thought), she is sent to a psychologist, but isn't really helped with her "problem." Then her teacher starts sending Maggie as a messenger to other teachers with notes in cursive. Maggie peeks at the notes (which the teacher expects her to do.) She is finally motivated to learn cursive. The end.Some things I found annoying: How Maggie often flipped her blonde hair and how she is (and we are often told this) Gifted and Talented. It is hard to feel much for this gifted and talented blonde hair flipping third grader who has all the teachers and the school bending over backwards to teach her cursive.