‘Maggi and Milo’ by Juli Brenning: Absolutely adorable picture book


Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Maggi and Milo” by Juli Brenning is a picture book for younger readers about an adventure with a young girl scientist, Maggi, and her border collie, Milo.

After receiving a package from Maggi’s grandma, both girl and dog are ready for a frog hunt. Milo finds the first frog, and Maggi shows readers how wild frogs should be treated.

She carefully catches the frog, whom she immediately names Alexander, then gently places him back in the water and welcomes him to the pond. They find more frogs and name them alphabetically until Maggi realizes that all the frogs have been given boy names.

But she stops after “Princess Penelope” as she exclaims, “Milo, there is NO WAY I can think of a girl’s name that begins with the letter Q.”

The frogs all safe and sound in their pond, Maggi and Milo head home in time to hear the evening call of the frogs. It has been a great adventure. And best of all — no animals were harmed during the making of the story.

This book is a perfect read aloud for parents and classroom teachers alike. It’s filled with clever dialogue and equally clever narration.

For example, the author provides some statements in parentheses that are true and useful:

‘”Milo, you are SO smart!’ squealed Maggi. (This is a true statement; border collies arevery smart.)”

Kids will love reading and rereading about Maggi and Milo and their adventures. Teachers will love some of the vocabulary like “sufficient stomping” and “absurd.” Everyone will love the hyperbole: “Maggie waited a million minutes.”

Please note: This review is based on the F&G copy provided by the publisher, Dial Books for Young Readers, for review purposes.