Monty tries to master a magic kit and finds some real-life situations tricky in this spot-on story about an endearing, utterly relatable first-grader.
First grade is almost over, and Monty will soon be seven. He s now a big brother, too, which makes him feel very grown-up. But when he tries to use the magic set his grandmother gave him, he has a little trouble. Maybe the card trick would work if he were "eight" years old? Mother s Day is coming, and Monty wishes he had something better to give his mom than the picture frame he made out of ice-cream sticks at school. But how is he supposed to guess from the TV call-in ad how much flowers cost, or that you need a special card to get them? Whether involving his baby sister in his library project, losing a sneaker while marching with his karate class in the parade, or learning that an exciting afternoon isn t always a good thing, Monty s familiar adventures embody the gentle humor of everyday life."