Mario Makes a Move

Mario Makes a Move
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May 08, 2012
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Mario is a squirrel who loves to invent amazing moves, like the Super Looper and Tail, Don't Fail. But though his parents ooh and ahh at whatever he does, his friend Isabelle is not so easily impressed. When she points out that anyone can have a move, Mario must find some other way to stand out.

Sometimes being amazing is hard work, as shown in this zany yet accessible picture book from Jill McElmurry, illustrator of The One and Only Marigold and Little Blue Truck. Young readers will instantly recognize themselves in Mario, as he searches for his one-of-a-kind talent. Here is a hilarious read-aloud that will have little ones oohing and ahhing—and trying out some moves of their own.

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Neat Drawings, but Lacking Story Development
(Updated: October 08, 2012)
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Mario is a squirrel who prides himself on his "amazing" moves--but when his friend Isabelle is not impressed, and even easily imitates his favorite move, Mario is pretty miffed. But after a small attitude adjustment on Isabelle's part, and some compromise from Mario, together they learn each other's moves and even combine them to make one even better.

The illustrations in this book are pretty cute and well-laid out; if you look closely you can imagine all of the different moves each squirrel and animal makes in the book. But unfortunately, the story to go with it is lackluster. There isn't much of a lesson or a point. Mario is kind of an arrogant squirrel and doesn't really learn humility, and Isabelle is a bit aloof as well and just learns to "share" her move. Not much of a story there. Sadly, this book didn't meet my expectations. Perhaps for some--maybe squirrel lovers?--it would be a fun addition to a collection.
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