Unlike her neighbors, Maggie McGillicuddy has an eye for trouble. And while she’s knitting on her porch swing, she manages to spot it – everywhere! With the “tickety, tickety, tack!” of her knitting needles, the elderly Maggie scares off a prowling tiger! And with the “whickety, whickety, whack!” of her walking stick, there goes a slithering snake! Of course, readers can see the tiger is really just a cat and the snake is only a tree root, so they’ll be as delighted as Maggie when Charlie, the boy who just moved next door, seems to have an eye for trouble of his own!#With wit and great charm, author Susan Hughes has created a playful story about friendship and the joys of an active imagination. She uses direct questions -“You see it there, don’t you?”- as hints to help children recognize what’s imagined and what’s actually there, expanding visual literacy. Brooke Kerrigan uses soft colors and quirky details to beautifully illustrate a child’s cozy yet expansive world.#Maggie McGillicuddy’s Eye for Trouble will make a fun and involving read-aloud, as well as a starting point for talking about imagination. And when real trouble, in the form of a car coming down the road as Charlie is about to run into it, is spotted and averted, adults will find it a useful opportunity to discuss the difference between real and pretend danger with young readers.