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*****= An all-time favorite
***The Magician's Boy
by Susan Cooper
illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Reviewed July 13, 2005.
Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York, 2005. 101 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF COO).
The Magician’s Boy is a beginning chapter book about a magician’s helper who would like to learn magic. His responsibility at each magic show is to present a puppet show for the children. When his St. George puppet gets lost, the Magician’s Boy gets sent into the Land of Story to find him.
On his quest, the boy must travel through stories in order to find what he seeks. He begins with a nursery rhyme about the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. He saves her children from being lost with the Pied Piper, figures out Pinocchio’s lies, and climbs a beanstalk. He adventures on, and when he finds what he seeks, he gets even more than he had hoped for.
This is a fun, light-hearted story, working in many classic tales. There are twelve chapters and large print, so it’s perfect for kids just beginning with chapter books.
Reviews of other books by Susan Cooper:
The Boggart and the Monster
Over Sea, Under Stone
The Dark Is Rising
The Grey King
Silver on the Tree
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund. All