MaGNuS by Claire Fitzpatrick
Published by Lion Children’s Books
Magnus the puppy is big; really, really…enormously…big.
Magnus’s whole family must take him for walks because he’s too big and strong for just one person to handle.
When Magnus dives into the local swimming pool his splash empties all the water.
A bath for Magnus means someone has to climb a ladder to wash his back.
Magnus attempts to sit on command, because he wants to be obedient, but he plonks down on a car…and squashes it!
Magnus tries so hard to be a good, helpful, playful and cuddly dog, but he is so gigantic that his good intentions never quite work out as they should.
Poor Magnus thinks there isn’t a place for him anywhere. Although he stands out, it’s in a way that makes him unhappy. He just doesn’t fit in like ordinary dogs. Magnus is different.
But it seems every puppy has a place in the world and when danger threatens his community Magnus comes into his own. His huge size is just right for a special safety job… and Magnus saves the day!
Through simple text and colourful pictures, this delightful hardback picture book gently demonstrates to young readers that being different is okay; that everyone has unique, valuable talents and we each have a part to play in the world.
Through the patience of the people in Magnus’s life we also see that those who may be considered ‘different’ don’t have to change to fit in with everyone else. Instead, we all gain much from embracing and celebrating the diversity of others.
Perfect for littlies, this book acknowledges the worries and concerns that children may have even from an early age about being accepted and fitting in with everyone else; but it does so in a gently funny way.
Best of all, this story has an exciting and very satisfying conclusion. What Magnus does to help his community is achieved through his special differences and is a very, very BIG thing indeed.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Claire Shorrock
Publisher: Lion Children’s Books