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The Magician's Boy Paperback – 15 Sep 2005

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The humour is never too clever for young children, but includes nods to any adults who may find themselves reading the book aloud...enjoyable in its own right and an excellent resource to stimulate children into creating their own variations on traditional tales (Times Educational Supplement)

Susan Cooper needs no introduction and this is an engaging little tale for younger primary children, beautifully produced with very clear, well-spaced text (School Librarian)

An exciting and magical quest through fairy tales and nursery rhymes (Eastern Daily Press)

Perfect for reading aloud, the tale will encourage readers and listeners to revisist familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (Kirkus Reviews)

'... enjoyable ... an excellent resource to stimulate children into creating their own variations on traditional tales.' (TES supplement)

'an engaging little tale for younger primary children...this is just what's needed to restore the old magic to their reading.' (Hazel Townson, School Librarian)

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Once upon a time, there was a Boy who worked for a Magician. Follow the Boy as he is transported to the Land of Story on a magical quest, where adventure and familiar characters are at every turn and a perfect ending awaits ...

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A delightful trip through the Land of Story 13 Jan. 2006
By Rune reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The other reviewers have already provided a synopsis of the plot, so I won't go into that.

Let me just say that this book would be perfect for those readers who enjoy traditional fairytales, but who are looking for a not-too-difficult chapter book. Fans of Junie B. Jones and the Magic Treehouse stories can handle it easily.

Knowing Susan Cooper's ties to Revels, it's easy to understand why she chose to use the St. George play as the framework for her story, however, it would have been helpful if she had given an explanation to the many American children who have never heard of St. George or the mummer's play referred to in the book. It isn't vital to have experienced the play in order to enjoy the book, but a little background as a preface or an afterword would have been nice--many of the children I work with enjoy knowing where the stories originate.

I enjoyed the illustrations as much as the story. Altogether this is a very satisfying book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get this book for kids who love to read. 17 April 2005
By Sammy Boy - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book was really exciting. It's about a boy named "Boy" and when he loses a puppet that belongs to his master (a magician), he gets sent into the World of Story to find it. He runs into all kinds of famous characters from nursery rhymes and stories, and ends up finding the puppet, and a new name for himself. A heroic name. (I don't want to spoil the surprise). There were funny parts, serious parts, lots of action and I thought it was great. I think kids my age would love it (I'm 7-1/2). I read it very quickly; I finished it the day I got it!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
compelling tale 28 Aug. 2005
By Joy D. Jacques - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've been looking for a good "chapter book" to read to my two boys ages 5 and 7. This was perfect. It took three sessions to finish, with them always asking, "One more chapter? Please Mom?"

The pace was fast, with something always leaving them on the edge, wondering what would happen next. The resolutions were believable and for the most part non-magical, with the nameless "Boy" as the hero.

It was imaginative, fun and exciting and I hear them outside as I type this, playacting Saint George and the Dragon.

This would be a good challenging book for a 1st grader to read by themselves, and it was a lovely book to read aloud.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great fantasy read for younger kids 31 Aug. 2012
By Karissa Eckert - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a fun book sprinkled throughout with wonderful drawings about a Magician's Apprentice. A great book for younger kids to read with their parents or for older kids to read by themselves. The story is cleverly done and even adult fans of fairy tales will find it entertaining.

The magician's boy is upset because the magician won't teach him magic. The Magician does however let the boy perform a puppet show for his clients. However when the lead puppet (Saint George) is found to be missing the Magician gets angry and throws the boy into the story book on a quest to find Saint George. The Boy tumbles through a series of fairy tales in his quest.

This book was written in a simple way with words that are easy for younger children to understand. The concept addressed in the book is slightly more advanced but well portrayed in a simple way. I read this with my 5 year old son and he was fascinated with the idea of a character being able to fall into a book.

The concept of falling into a book and having to partake of the story in a real-life way is a fun one. This is made even more clever by how the Boy stumbles upon characters from other fairy tales in his quest to find Saint George. The Boy runs into the Old Woman who lived in a shoe, Jack and his Bean Stalk, and Little Red Riding Hood to name a few.

The story has a fun twist at the end that is unexpected and interesting. In a humorous and fun way the story is about how bravery and hardwork can lead to great reward.

The illustrations throughout are in black and white and are cute and funny. They are cartoonish and made both me and my son laugh out loud.

Overall a fun fantasy story that people of all ages can enjoy. The language and writing level are simple and intended for a young audience. The concept of falling into a book and stumbling through other fairy tales to complete an adventure is a fun one. There is plenty of humor throughout and fabulous drawings as well. Recommened for fans of fairy tales and fantasy; especially younger readers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My 6 year old and I loved this 23 Jun. 2009
By A Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this to my son and can't wait to find others by this author. It was exciting but not super scary. A very creative way of reminiscing about long forgotten fairy tales. Relatively short for a "chapter book", it took us about 3 nights to get through it. I just wish it lasted longer, it was so enjoyable.
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