Book Review: How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch

How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!

By: Dr. J. Renae Norton, Illustrated by: Steve Hayes

Robert D. Reed Publishers, P. O. Box 1992, Bandon, Oregon 97411, 978-1934759608, $ 17.95, 32 Pages

Learning a Healthy Lifestyle from Maji

Dr. J. Renae Norton. Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Norton Center for Eating Disorders, has written the Maji and Mongo book series to encourage children to develop a healthy lifestyle. The book includes and emphasis on good eating habits and healthy fun outside play.  Norton has chosen a rhyming lyrical style to capture and maintain the young reader’s attention. The series introduces Maji, energetic and on the move and his friend Mongo, a kind of couch potato. Two very different dogs.

Steve Hayes’ captivating illustrations reinforce the story as it unfolds. Maji coaxes Mongo off the couch to go outside to play on a beautiful day. They became buddies and soon Mongo enjoys a new way of living – healthy, fun, and “cool.” Norton also introduces the importance of recognizing and respecting the diversity found among children

Dr. Norton includes guidlines for parents to help their children enjoy play time and exercise through bike riding, roller blading, jungle gyms, and many other fun healthy things to do. After reading “How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch! Parents will want to get all of the books as a set.

The Maji and Mongo series is destined to become a favorite of parents and children alike. Ideal for gift giving, for school libraries, and for pediatricians waiting rooms. Highly recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.

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