Full Reviews for the Mortimer and Me series

There's No Excuse to Miss This Moose. Check out Mortimer and Me!

 

Most kids have experienced the apprehension of being the odd one out. Most kids have felt the frustration of truly trying their best, but still disappointing their teachers and parents. Most kids are not best friends with a moose. In Mortimer and Me, Kathie McMahon seamlessly blends the familiar with the fantastical in a high-energy romp that is sure to delight young readers. They will enjoy this easy-to-read book's combination of everyday situations they can relate to and strange adventures they wish they could partake in.

Freckle-faced third-grader Jimmy Robertson is doing his best to blend in at his new school, but failing miserably. When Jimmy finds a friendly moose whose good intentions also often go awry, the two quickly form a special bond. Tom Tate's detailed, expressive illustrations highlight some of the funniest moments in Jimmy and his big pal's mischief-making.

Whether it is taking care of the class hamster, getting a new bike, scoring the winning goal, or being embarrassed by a little sister, McMahon authentically captures the high stakes and roller coaster ride of adolescent experiences with sincerity, warmth, frankness, and respect. Young readers will sympathize with Jimmy's struggles and celebrate his triumphs. While Mortimer and Me is peppered with humorous shenanigans and silly banter, McMahon does not shy away from serious topics that deeply affect young people. She addresses the loss of a grandparent in a manner that is sensitive and heartfelt and will help young readers better understand how to honor the memory of the deceased by learning from their loved one's lessons.

Mortimer and Me is a fun-filled, fast-paced adventure that demonstrates the power of friendship with all life forms.

~ Stacey Lane

Award-winning, published children's playwright

A Delightful Tale!

Mortimer and Me, by Kathie McMahon, is a delightful tale about perseverance and friendship. Jimmy, a new student, is struggling with fitting in and making friends. Along comes a moose named Mortimer and an unlikely friendship develops. This is a sweet story suitable for any elementary library and is relatable for all students.

~ Cindy Schaible

Augusta Ranch Elementary School Librarian

A Fun and Entertaining Book for Any Kid (or Moose)

Mortimer and Me, sparkles with humor and high jinks. Young readers are sure to relate to third grader Jimmy Robertson, whose good intentions always go awry. When his family moves to a new state, Jimmy doesn't expect that he will like school or make friends . . . until he meets a certain moose named Mortimer. Like Jimmy, Mortimer just doesn't quite fit in with others. But as these two unlikely companions bounce from one adventure to the next, a genuine friendship develops, one that will keep readers eager to see what happens next. Each chapter is complemented by an illustration that captures both the warmth and the absurdity of Jimmy's latest exploits. Filled with uplifting messages and positive portrayals of adult role models, Mortimer and Me is a fun and entertaining book for any kid (or moose) ready to start reading chapter books.

~ Mary Lambert

Author, Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes

Equal Parts Suspense and Humor in The Bigfoot Mystery

Jimmy's dad and his friend's father form a third-grade scout group called the Trailblazers. While working on their Outdoor Adventure badge, the Trailblazers find evidence that a large creature with enormous footprints lives in the woods. Despite difficulties getting along with each other, the scouts learn to work as a team, and "aided" by Jimmy's moose friend, Mortimer, solve the mystery -- or do they? McMahon crafts this story with equal parts of suspense and humor.

~ Andrea R. Huelsenbeck

Blogger, ARHtisticLicense.com

Reader is Never Sure What Will Happen Next

After enjoying the friendship of Mortimer and Jimmy Robertson in Mortimer and Me, I was looking forward to seeing what new adventure the two would have in the sequel, Mortimer and Me: The Bigfoot Mystery. I was pleased that many of the characters we met in the first book returned for this new story, especially Mortimer and Jimmy. In this story Mortimer, Jimmy, and his Trailblazers group head to the woods to earn their Outdoor Adventure badge. Many activities are planned; nature hikes, fishing, and campfire cookouts with scary stories. Of course, Mortimer and Jimmy have a few surprises throughout the trip, and the reader is never sure what they will find next. The story ends with some anticipation of Mortimer and Jimmy's next adventure. A great story for elementary students, and a fun, exciting read-aloud for teachers.

~ Peggy Yaw

Resource Center Specialist, Barbara Bush Elementary School

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