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The Magic Stone Paperback – 29 Apr 2013

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  • Paperback: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Educational Press Limited (29 April 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0957079648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957079649
  • Product Dimensions: 29.4 x 20.4 x 0.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,278,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the most captivating, thought-provoking and fantastically illustrated kids book today: The Magic Stone by Alan Peat. I even made time to sit down and read it cover to cover as soon as it arrived. Can't wait to share it with my class. Vic Byatt

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ALAN PEAT is an Independent Literacy Consultant. His unique INSET, conference and school-based training provides teachers and school leaders with practical, effective and enjoyable strategies for raising pupils' achievement in both reading and writing. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Historical Association, Alan is the author of a number of books on a wide range of subjects including education, art and ceramics. The Magic Stone is his first story for children. JOHN HARROLD was born in Glasgow and studied drawing and painting at the Glasgow School of Art. He has lived in Courbevoie, on the outskirts of Paris, for the past 17 years. For over three decades he was the Rupert Bear artist for the Daily Express, producing the daily strip adventures for the newspaper as well as the famous Rupert Bear annuals. In this capacity, he signed the new Rupert Annual in Canterbury every November for 18 years - an event that was immensely popular and built up a faithful attendance. This is the second book he has illustrated for Creative Educational Press Ltd., the first being The Elves & the Shoemaker, a text-less recounting of the well-known tale, updated to 1897, in a graphic novel style and designed as a teaching aid in schools. He is currently working on a book of amusing alternative nursery rhymes by Alan Peat.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Manley on 15 July 2013
Format: Paperback
This book, illustrated by former Rupert Bear artist John Harrold, is a sensitive, heartwarming tale that will touch every reader. The illustrations bring the story to life with ethereal beauty- one feels that Harrold has been allowed to give flight to his artistic powers in ways not seen in his wonderful Rupert stories. There is a subtlety and warmth in these illustrations that is rare in books produced these days. One to treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Book Beaver on 29 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
This moving story by Alan Peat is illustrated by John Harrold who many will remember for illustrating the Rupert Bear stories for about thirty years. His annuals are a joy to behold and a benchmark of children's illustrative quality that will probably be never surpassed and very rarely equalled.
The Magic Stone is a contemporary tale which relates the story of Mike who is coerced into joining an unpleasant school gang. He is forced to attempt to move a large enchanted rock which is known locally as The Magic Stone and, if moved, is reputed to make wishes come true.
The story is set in winter and Harrold's evocative wintry images will remind many readers of winters many decades ago and his wonderful snowy scenes in the Rupert Christmas stories.
It is a lovely book and the story has a text which imparts upon the reader such emotions as love, loss, fear and happiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Wills on 15 July 2013
Format: Paperback
I was delighted to see J Harrold drawing human figures (he's the former Rupert Bear artist). His talent was just a little bit confined in the Rupert style. The story is sensitive and touching, with some of the finest illustrations I've seen in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Paterson on 8 Aug. 2013
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The most lovely, sweet and touching story I have read to my children in a long time. We loved the illustration and spot something new in the pictures every time we read it. Delightful.
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