Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer

Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer


Written by Kathleen T. Pelley

Illustrated by S. D. Schindler


D&M Publishers, 2010, 32 pp., $16.99

ISBN: 9780374347253 (ages: 4-8)

Rating: R         Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction


Magnus Maximus, a Marvelous Measurer is about a man, Magnus, who loves to measure everything and anything.  He not only measures normal things such as how tall someone is or how much they weigh; but he measures odd things – the number of freckles, the stinkiness of a sock, the number of clouds in the sky, or how wet or dry something is.  His marvelous measuring saves the town, and they make him the official measurer.  This is great, until he stops appreciating life itself.  It takes some bad luck and a little boy to turn his life around again.  This is a wonderful story to teach children about the letter ‘m’ and rhyming words.  For older children it teaches them to appreciate the small things in life, to not take life to seriously, and that we all have something at which we are good.  The illustrations really help tell the story; it is fun trying to find what Magnus is counting on the page that has just been described in the text.  The illustrations are pencil and watercolor, and are magnificent.  (Farrar Straus Giroux)


Reviewer:        Katie Studebaker

                  Pre-Service Teacher

                      Early Childhood Education



Suggested Themes: Language Arts (alliterations & rhyming); Math (Counting & Measuring)