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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Dear Mrs. Magootie by Beth Howell is a laugh a minute read. The author shares a collection of fictional notes that parents generally write to the principal, and to add to the fun element they are written on toilet paper, aluminum foil, etc. Meet the main characters of the book: Mrs. Paza, Kenzie, Stinky, Mrs. Magootie, students, and guides. The supporting characters are Nurse Betty, Dentist Kamski, Janitor Brad, Band Leader, Dog Groomer, FiremanJake, and Elwood. The stories shared in the book unfold on their own. The warning sign that reads 'if you are not able to laugh due to stitches, recent surgery, or any other disorder, this book is not for you' sets the tone for what to expect while reading. This is not the usual children's book you expect; it is unique, refreshing, fun, and interactive. Let us go to Excellente Elementary School and see what is happening there.
The first thing that strikes the reader about the book is the content, the presentation, formatting, illustrations, and the way the author chooses a topic that is relevant and makes it innovative and different. The book is real and relatable, and readers will enjoy coloring (or painting) in the pages using their own color scheme. Mrs. Magootie's reply to Mrs. Paza will bring a smile to readers; both children and adults. There are a lot of things that can be done in this book, making it perfect to use in classrooms during arts and crafts sessions for tutors to assess the creativity of their students, and also at home for parents to help children be more imaginative and creative. It is not only a good book for children but parents and educators will also find it funny and entertaining.