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With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.


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With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a With enough lunch for three, Mr. Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.

30 review for Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee:

  1. 5 out of 5

    Luisa Knight

    Another fun adventure brought to you by Van Dusen, the wonderful illustrator and rhyming narrator. Ages: 3 - 8 **Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    Loved this one along with "A Camping Spree with Mr Magee." Bonus was that they take place in Maine!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Allen

    Bright beautiful colors, wonderful lyrical text and fun retro illustrations! This book has it all. So fun to read aloud. Parents and kids alike will love it and spot new things in the illustrations every time they read it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I love the McGee books. They are so much fun. They rhyme perfectly and have great illustrations. This time McGee and Dee decide to take out the boat. And they just happen to make friends with a whale.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lesley

    This book and the rest in the series are the BEST children's books. Chris Van Dusen writes and illustrates. Can't recommend them enough!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dprague

    Our household copy from the original printing has survived multiple shelf-weeding and 3 moves, dust jacket and all. This book was the first in the "Mr. Magee and Dee" series, and introduced us to the gentle rhymes and cartoony (but not ridiculous) illustrations of Chris Van Dusen. Even pre-readers will be able to surmise that an ordinary day at sea turns not so ordinary for these companions, but with the help of some friends the day is saved. Dee and Magee are colorful and expressive, and the Our household copy from the original printing has survived multiple shelf-weeding and 3 moves, dust jacket and all. This book was the first in the "Mr. Magee and Dee" series, and introduced us to the gentle rhymes and cartoony (but not ridiculous) illustrations of Chris Van Dusen. Even pre-readers will be able to surmise that an ordinary day at sea turns not so ordinary for these companions, but with the help of some friends the day is saved. Dee and Magee are colorful and expressive, and the plot is just silly enough to to elicit a giggle or two. The idea of a man and his equally human like dog is somehow believable in this book and the perspective in Chris Van Dusen's drawings make the readers want to keep the pages turning. The text moves the story along with humorous twists and a positive message. It is a great story to read aloud to younger children, although many will quickly memorize the words and want to "read" it aloud themselves. After almost 19 years in print, I am not surprised to see that Dee and Magee are still having adventures together.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I'm pretty sure Chris Van Dusen has successfully set himself up to be one of the classic children's book authors for the generations. His books all have a retro-timeless quality to them that I believe will age very well. I'm always impressed with books that are as fun for an adult to read aloud as they are for a child to look at and listen to. It's really easy to put some feeling into this one, altering speed and volume and intoning different emotions as I read. Sometimes with books that rhyme, I'm pretty sure Chris Van Dusen has successfully set himself up to be one of the classic children's book authors for the generations. His books all have a retro-timeless quality to them that I believe will age very well. I'm always impressed with books that are as fun for an adult to read aloud as they are for a child to look at and listen to. It's really easy to put some feeling into this one, altering speed and volume and intoning different emotions as I read. Sometimes with books that rhyme, it's too easy to fall into almost a chanting rhythm to go with the cadence of the text. With this one, I didn't feel that at all. With the recent exposure we have had to Van Dusen's books, he is clearly becoming a favorite in this household.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    I love books written in verse. This is a fact. And this children's book in rhyming verse with bold colors and playful illustrations just added more evidence to the fact. Mr. Magee and his dog Dee have an unexpected adventure after packing a lunch for three. That slightly confused my youngest daughter, "Why three? There's only two of them!" I told her everyone likes extra snacks. That satisfied her. The story is fun on its own but makes for an even better read-aloud. So I did. All the family I love books written in verse. This is a fact. And this children's book in rhyming verse with bold colors and playful illustrations just added more evidence to the fact. Mr. Magee and his dog Dee have an unexpected adventure after packing a lunch for three. That slightly confused my youngest daughter, "Why three? There's only two of them!" I told her everyone likes extra snacks. That satisfied her. The story is fun on its own but makes for an even better read-aloud. So I did. All the family enjoyed it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky B

    Mr. Magee and his dog Dee decide to go out on their boat for the day. When a little whale decides to make a new friend and play with them, Mr. Magee and Dee have a very unexpected and wild adventure. I knew Van Dusen could whip up great illustrations. I had no clue he could put together great rhyming text too. This was quite the wild adventure, just the kind of epic, hilarious tale I love. I like the 1950s or 1960s Maine setting too. I only wish I had found these Mr. Magee books earlier.

  10. 4 out of 5

    CSCL Media Squad

    My son and I loved all of the children’s books in this series, reading about the adventures of Mr. Magee and his little dog, Dee. The combination of fun, rhyming text with colorful, creative illustrations kept his chubby little fingers pointing at the pages while we drank in the story together! A definite keeper to read again someday when I’m a grandma.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather Runnels

    If you need to read aloud to a group of young kids, you can’t go wrong with Van Dusen. All of his books have extraordinary illustrations and strong, rhythmic storylines that will keep your audience riveted. The quality of his work make his books a go-to when buying presents for young kids. Top notch.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Relyn

    I am an elementary school librarian, and I like to do author studies. We did Chris Van Dusen as one of our authors for first grade. I read this book aloud, booked talked the rest, and then the kids read their choices. Chris Van Deusen is always a hit. His art, his rhymes, his funny stories! Can't beat him.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Who knows what kind of adventures you might have when you leave the house! Mr. Magee and his lovable pooch go boating and find themselves in quite a predicament. New friends save the day. Retro 60's setting- the illustrations are just beautiful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    A bright, colorful book with blocks of rhyming text. Mr Magee and his dog get stuck in a tree in their boat after a whale shoots them into the air. Definitely a silly, nonsensical book, but definitely nails the summertime ambience.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    It's got everything a young reader would love...a great, silly story, rhyming, and beautiful, colorful illustrations.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Travis Lynch

    I love the rhyme This book has a really good rhythm. It reminds me of a Dr. Suess book. MY kids really enjoyed this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Read on repeat during our library loan. Great book. Favorite.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I bought this book in Cape Cod when my boys were little, I love it today as much as I did the first 300 times I read it to them 10 years ago!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danette

    6/9/19 Read with Naomi, Julia, Micah, and Skylar for Summer Book Club

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mama’s Hysa Book Club

    Gotta say, this is a blast to read and C loves it, too! 5 (We immediately went out to find another Mr. Magee book). Gotta say, this is a blast to read and C loves it, too! 5 ⭐️ (We immediately went out to find another Mr. Magee book).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alba

    Cute book, beautiful illustrations. Great summer picture book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clark

    One of my favorites!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sean a. Foley

    Great book. We love seeing Magee Dee. in the other book if I built the car. We love the artwork in all his books

  24. 4 out of 5

    DeNae

    I love these Mr. Magee books. Fun rhymes with whimsical illustrations makes for fun preschool reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Love the illustrations. The idea of a whale playing with the boat was cute, the wind being strong enough to blow it atop a tree a bit less believable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anmiryam

    A humorous rhyming adventure from the great Chris Van Dusen!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Roberts

    The K5 group enjoyed this rhyming book and the bright colorful illustrations. It made a good read aloud.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    A rhyming book about Magee and his dog Dee and their adventures at sea one day. Inspired by the thought of a picture of a boat stuck in a tree.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Lockhart

    I read Down to the Sea with Magee by Chris Van Dusen as one of my Tumblebook choices. This was a fun book to read/listen too. Magee and his dog decided they wanted to go out on the boat. They ended up meeting a group of whales and one of them, by mistake, landed them in a tree. To get out of the tree the group of whales came by and helped them get of the tree. They ended their day, happy, eating their lunch for dinner at home. It was really interesting to see a book in this format. I thought I read Down to the Sea with Magee by Chris Van Dusen as one of my Tumblebook choices. This was a fun book to read/listen too. Magee and his dog decided they wanted to go out on the boat. They ended up meeting a group of whales and one of them, by mistake, landed them in a tree. To get out of the tree the group of whales came by and helped them get of the tree. They ended their day, happy, eating their lunch for dinner at home. It was really interesting to see a book in this format. I thought the illustrations were great and fit the story well. I really enjoyed the Tumblebook experiences. I think the narrator read the story at a great pace which allowed for understanding and for a child to keep up with the story. The movement seen within the illustrations is a nice touch for the reader. It really helps bring to life the story. At the end of this story, there is a page with the less known vocabulary from the story. The reader could click on a word and hear it read and then sounded out. I think this is a very useful tool to help students expand their vocabulary. I thought the story was cute and would be fun to read. I think I would use this story as a tumblebook for the students to read and then have comprehension questions about. I feel this is an easy story for the students to enjoy and should be helpful and understanding them comprehension levels. It would also be a good lesson in which to have the student’s work on identifying the sequence of a story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bea

    I've read a few of Van Dusen's books at the schools where I've taught but what I didn't realize at first was that he was from my home town. My home town has produced several author/illustrators of children's books and I enjoy reading them when I come across their books. This was available in my library's ebook collection so I downloaded it to my Kindle Fire. "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee" has a humorous story, that's just a bit over the top, a rhyming flowing text, and bright, beautifully I've read a few of Van Dusen's books at the schools where I've taught but what I didn't realize at first was that he was from my home town. My home town has produced several author/illustrators of children's books and I enjoy reading them when I come across their books. This was available in my library's ebook collection so I downloaded it to my Kindle Fire. "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee" has a humorous story, that's just a bit over the top, a rhyming flowing text, and bright, beautifully detailed illustrations. I absolutely love the page, at 37% in my Kindle, where we get an aerial view of Mr. Magee's boat. He and the dog Dee are powering along in their boat, unaware that a playful whale is directly underneath. We the reader however see the whale's shadow and it is exquisitely rendered. Using contrasting shades of blue for the sea, the whale's body and its shadow, the effect is like looking at abstract art; then you look again, maybe angling the book or your head and realize what you're seeing. That illustration sold me on the book and I was already enjoying it. "Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee" is a delightful fun story of a man, his dog and their encounter with a whale and it's pod. Children and adults alike will enjoy the pace, the details, the absurdity, and the normalcy which the absurdity is grounded in. Go, read, smile, enjoy.

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