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Mr. Majeika (Kestrel kites) Hardcover – 17 May 1984


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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Children's Books (17 May 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722659075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722659076
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,065,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Humphrey Carpenter was born and educated in Oxford and worked as a broadcaster for the BBC before becoming a full-time writer in 1975. He wrote many award-winning biographies, including J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Spike Milligan and others. He also co-wrote The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature with his wife, Mari Prichard. His highly popular Mr Majeika series was successfully adapted for television. From 1994 to 1996 he directed the Cheltenham Festival of Literature and for many years ran a young people's drama group, The Mushy Pea Theatre Company. Humphrey Carpenter died in 2005. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Aug 2001
Format: Paperback
This is the first "proper" book my 6 year old daughter read. She could not put it down and throughly enjoyed it. She is now hooked on Mr Majeika stories and is now on her third. Anything that encourages a child to read is surely worth 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By St Judes Year 4 Literacy on 26 Feb 2009
Format: Paperback
We loved Mr Majeika because we think it is suitable for children in Year 4 as it is fun, fascinating, excellent and superdupa!
We particularly found it funny when Hamish scared the lady dentist. It made us all laugh.
It was a good book to read in class, because it is set in school, so we could really imagine what it would be like to be in the story.
We would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read magical stories.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By eek on 7 Oct 2003
Format: Paperback
This was my favourite book when i was little after being read over and over again. Today I was delighted when i looked in a box of old books and Mr majeika was on top. I couldnt resist reading it again.
Even now i find this book charming, amusing and magical.
Its great for young readers(5/6)who enjoy reading, due to its simplistic style, but unlike a lot of books for this age, its a bit longer, so you can feel proud of yourself when you finish the book(although finishing the book now wasnt as much of an acheivement as it was when i was little)
I would recommend this book to all young children,especially bookworms.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By busymum on 29 Aug 2008
Format: Paperback
It is sometimes difficult to find books that can both be read aloud to your child and also read (and understood) independently by the child. This book is great for that. It is humorous and imaginative (and pre dates Harry Potter!) and my 6 year old (a good reader) loved it. A good introduction to 'tucking up with a good book'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2012
Format: Paperback
I am currently volunteering in school and looking for interesting, funny books that will grip children who have just moved away from reading picture books but who are not yet ready for full on novels yet. Mr. Majeika is perfect in this respect. It's not too long. It still has some illustrations, and it is funny. Mr. Majeika is an ex wizard who takes a job as a school teacher because there really isn't that much call for wizards any more in modern life. He finds however, that when he is teaching class 3, that his wizarding skills come in very handy on more than one occasion, especially when he is dealing with the class naughty boy, Hamish Bigmore. A lovely book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. M. Whitehorn on 27 Nov 2011
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Looks a good buy for a child, big type with illustrations. I'm sure it will be a success and will encourage my 6 year old to read. EW
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Clark on 15 April 2008
Format: Paperback
My daughter received this book as an Easter present from her Godmother, and it instantly appeared to a 6 year olds sense of fun and adventure. We normally do 'a chapter a night' but ended up getting through this book in double quick time as it was such fun and so lovely to read. We are now building a collection of other Majeika stories to sit alongside our Jeremy Strong books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Homer on 8 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
A superb recording of these books. They are ideal for all KS1 children. My daughter loves listening to the CD at bedtime.
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