Maxie Wiz and Her Dragon (Maxie Wiz: Step Into Reading Level 1)

by Michelle Meadows (Author) Sawyer Cloud (Illustrator)

Maxie Wiz and Her Dragon (Maxie Wiz: Step Into Reading Level 1)

A rollicking, rhyming, magical adventure in this Step 1 Reader featuring a young wizard in training!

Maxie Wiz wants a pal. Hocus Pocus --a dragon egg appears! Soon, he almost grows too large for the castle! What spells will Maxie come up with to help with her new pet? Follow this little wizard and her hatchling dragon for a day full of fun and charming spells!

Easy-to-follow rhyme ensures a successful reading experience, while bright, lively art brings this delightful story to life. Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

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PreS-Gr 1--Maxie the wizard learns that young dragons can be a handful. Little Maxie, who has brown skin, is excited to watch her dragon hatch and declares her new companion a "perfect match!" Swimming in the swamp all day with the dragon is fun, but come suppertime, Maxie finds her charge is cranky and would rather have cookies than a healthy salad. The little wizard casts a spell to conjure up cupcakes that the dragon devours. It's too big to fit inside the castle or the bed, so Maxie uses her magic to accommodate her fast-growing friend. Just like most toddlers, Dragon won't go to sleep--time to conjure up a teddy bear or two. Meadows's tale offers insight into the joys and challenges of caregiving that young readers will delight in. Short sentences on each page and large clear typeface support the newest readers. Rhyming text aids word recognition, and more sophisticated phrases such as "hocus-pocus" are repeated as the little wizard practices her spells. Cloud's darling illustrations employ saturated hues and strike the right magical note, with a glittery witch's hat and shimmery stars. VERDICT A sweet bedtime story of friendship and magic for emerging readers.--Sarah Webb

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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"A sweet bedtime story of friendship and magic for emerging readers." —School Library Journal
Michelle Meadows
MICHELLE MEADOWS is the author of numerous children's books, among them the Beginner Book How to Love a Pony, and the rhymed biographies Flying High: The Story of Gymnastics Champion Simone Biles and the award-winning Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins--the first African American principal dancer at the Metropolitan Opera House. Michelle lives near the beach in Delaware with her husband and son.

SAWYER CLOUD is a self-taught freelance artist living in Madagascar, her native country. Sawyer loves sunny days and music. If not drawing, she is singing out loud in her room, wearing her favorite fairy costume, and sharing that moment with her online friends. She lives on her island with her family and her two pets, Arya the dog and Potter the cat.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
April 11, 2023
Maxie Wiz: Step into Reading Level 1
BISAC categories
JUV051000 - Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV002270 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dragons, Unicorns & Mythical
Library of Congress categories
Picture books
Stories in rhyme

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