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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,129 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Beverly Cleary Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061744693
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At first, Maggie is just being contrary when she tells her parents she doesn't need to learn cursive. Then her teacher, Mrs. Leeper, says Maggie's cursive is so untidy that when she writes her name it looks like "Muggie," which makes her whole class erupt in laughter. Now Maggie really wants nothing to do with those wiggly, squiggly, roller-coaster letters!

But when Mrs. Leeper appoints Maggie class mail messenger, the notes Maggie must carry are all in cursive. Though she's unable to read them, she suspects that some of them are about her. But the only way to know for sure is to learn cursive . . . and Maggie can't go back on her word, can she?

Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary has once again created an irrepressible heroine in a book filled with the perceptive humor that has earned her generations of fans.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Cleary again gives young readers a real person with whom they can identify and empathize…Everything in this book rings true, and Cleary has created a likable, funny heroine about whom readers will want to know more.”

    School Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 2/18/2014

    " Very little to date this fable for third-graders, except the illustrations in the edition I read. However, Maggie's point that between printing and computers we don't need cursive is valid. I've been a teacher and I don't use cursive. Is it still taught? Why? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Harris | 2/13/2014

    " Gotta love reading 2nd grade novels with the kiddos! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly Fields | 2/4/2014

    " I re-read Muggie Maggie this week and still enjoyed it very much. It is written for a young age level-- about third grade or so. I think Beverly Cleary has a definite talent of portraying life through the eyes of a child. She adds just the right amount of humor and understanding in her books. Reading Muggie Maggie made me feel like a third-grader all over again. It's definitely a book I want to read with my children someday. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sam Grainger | 2/3/2014

    " In plain English, I didn't like this book. AT ALL. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brooke | 2/1/2014

    " it was allright i guess "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/30/2014

    " Cute story, though do would this generation of non-cursive writers get it? Sad, but true. It reminded me of an Andrew Clements book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anja Manning | 1/13/2014

    " Muggie Maggie is just starting third grade, and that means learning how to do cursive writing. And she decides she won't! This book focuses on how hard the life of a third grader can be, and how Maggie overcomes her troubles and enjoys this new skill in her life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 1/9/2014

    " Not as much fun as the Ramona books; but, a nice story about learning to write cursive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erica Cowhick | 1/9/2014

    " Muggie Maggie is about a girl that is starting third grade and the teacher informs the class that they will be starting cursive. Maggie thinks this is a horrible idea and doensn't want to do it. She puts off writing cursive while all her classmates are writing it. Maggie gets in trouble by her teacher. The teacher, Mrs. Leeper, has a conference with Maggie's mother about her not writing cursive. Maggie still refuses to write cursive after her parents are mad at her and take the computer away from her. Maggie gets the school teacher, principal, the school psychologist, her classmates, and her parents involved in the whole scheme. After awhile of Maggie not writing cursive, Mrs. Leeper gives the Message Monitor job to Maggie. Maggie has to take messages to several places in the school. She eventually peeks are looks at the messages Mrs. Leeper is writing. Maggie see's her name on one of the letters and realizes that they are talking about her. Maggie can't read cursive and she wanted to figure out what the notes were saying. Eventually maggie gives in and starts to practice cursive on her own. This was Mrs. Leeper's plan all along is to get Maggie to read the messages that she was sending. Activities: 1. Students can do a reader's theater. Put a student at the front of the room and give them a character's name. Have students ask that student (Character) questions that they would have to answer. 2. Have students create a character poster of a character in the book. The students would put different traits of that character on the poster. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Season NicKruspe | 1/8/2014

    " I recommend this book for any parent who wants their children to know, they are not alone when it comes to school. Very fun and entertaining (albeit) full-of-good-self-esteem book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayla | 12/26/2013

    " I read this when I was about Maggie's age. I was able to indentify with her character; I was also learning cursive, and I also dotted my I's with circles. (I still do!) This wasn't Ms. Cleary's best novel, but it was still a cute story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/5/2013

    " "Muggie Maggie" is a great choice of literature! It tells Maggie's life in such detail. The book is one I would recomend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami Howe | 11/28/2013

    " I think this is such a great book to read at the beginning of 3rd grade when the students are just learning cursive. It's great for those that are reluctant cursive writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/22/2013

    " Nifty 3rd grade level book; she's learning cursive at school... or at least Maggie is supposed to learn cursive. But she refuses! The tension builds as Maggie continues to refuse to learn cursive and she gets deeper and deeper into trouble. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 11/11/2013

    " A quote from Melanie: "Mr. P, hurry up and finish, this book is boring". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/6/2013

    " k, this was pretty pointless... read it when i was 8? 9? who cares? i don't think anyone would exactly like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 10/8/2013

    " A great book about a girl struggling to learn cursive and the struggle within "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacie | 7/7/2013

    " A cute story. It would have been fun reading this out loud to my 3rd graders I tutored last year. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clara | 3/28/2013

    " We read this in 3rd grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariana | 3/9/2013

    " This is not my reading level but I think it is a very cute book and Beverly Cleary is one of my favorite writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca Zola | 2/2/2013

    " Finshed this in a day. Great book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haillee | 12/17/2012

    " One of those must reads when you are little(: "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beccabug33 | 10/14/2012

    " I loved this book as a kid, and I read it while I was learning cursive, too! Ms. Cleary is awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Allen | 5/7/2012

    " Will children of today even understand this book, what with not teaching handwriting in school anymore, texting and keyboarding? Would it now be Mu&&i3 Ma&&i3? About a child who is teased because she refuses to use leetspeak, textspeak or any other internet slang? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alexa | 11/27/2011

    " I think it's a ood book if your looking for a short one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 10/30/2011

    " So cataloging books has taught me that I was grossly judgmental when I was wee. For example, I thought this book was stupid because I couldn't get how Maggie just couldn't understand cursive writing. I did like that one page in the book was written in red and blue ink. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 9/26/2011

    " Great story of a stubborn girl. Good to read with Allie ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Flannery | 8/16/2011

    " Clearly Beverly Cleary 2012, Book 4. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carly | 7/28/2011

    " Eh this book was ok, the girl just really annoyed me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 7/17/2011

    " This one was nice because it explored the feelings of a 3rd grader and how she dealt with the feelings of being wrong and having to admit it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Lorkowski | 5/15/2011

    " I thought it was a good book but more detail. But other than that i thought it was great. I really liked it though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caren | 4/4/2011

    " Pretty good little book about a third grader learning to write cursive, which she considers useless. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Haillee | 1/9/2011

    " One of those must reads when you are little(: "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allyson | 9/23/2010

    " This one was nice because it explored the feelings of a 3rd grader and how she dealt with the feelings of being wrong and having to admit it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jami | 8/31/2010

    " I think this is such a great book to read at the beginning of 3rd grade when the students are just learning cursive. It's great for those that are reluctant cursive writers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 8/10/2010

    " So cataloging books has taught me that I was grossly judgmental when I was wee. For example, I thought this book was stupid because I couldn't get how Maggie just couldn't understand cursive writing. I did like that one page in the book was written in red and blue ink. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elise | 7/30/2010

    " This is another one of my favorites, and this one I still love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melanie | 3/29/2010

    " I think this book is ment for kids who are learning to write cursive... And I think my aunt gave it to me.... And it's been on my shelf for forever... So I read it... 2 stars for it being creative. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheryl in CC NV | 3/26/2010

    " Very little to date this fable for third-graders, except the illustrations in the edition I read. However, Maggie's point that between printing and computers we don't need cursive is valid. I've been a teacher and I don't use cursive. Is it still taught? Why? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/23/2010

    " Great for using with kids who are learning cursive, and don't really want to learn cursive or understand why it's important to know how to read and write cursive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy (Colorado) | 2/23/2010

    " Read for a Guided reading group in my 3rd grade class. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Francesca | 2/20/2010

    " Finshed this in a day. Great book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mrs. McLeod | 1/15/2010

    " If cursive handwriting is a mystery to you, this is a good place to start! Maggie has the same issue, but she is determined to get to the bottom of cursive handwriting. Maggie is a girl who doesn't like to be told can't! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christi | 1/8/2010

    " Not as much fun as the Ramona books; but, a nice story about learning to write cursive. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayla | 8/26/2009

    " I read this when I was about Maggie's age. I was able to indentify with her character; I was also learning cursive, and I also dotted my I's with circles. (I still do!) This wasn't Ms. Cleary's best novel, but it was still a cute story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Season | 7/23/2009

    " I recommend this book for any parent who wants their children to know, they are not alone when it comes to school. Very fun and entertaining (albeit) full-of-good-self-esteem book. "

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