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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for sharing, 31 July 2012
David McKee has not lost his magic! This delightful book tells the story of what happened when Melric the Magician woke up to find that he could no longer work magic and could therefore no longer do all the jobs than the King and the townsfolk asked him to do. They had all got lazy and couldn't even remember how to do things for themselves, so poor old Melric goes off to see if his sister can help him regain his magic. She can't. So he tries his cousin, who can't help either. Wise old Kra who lives at the top of a mountain has the answer, but it probably wasn't the solution that Melric and the townsfolk were hoping for. However, by the end of the book, a good lesson has been learnt.

As always David McKee's illustrations are wonderful. They are full of gorgeous little details for small children to spot, like the carpenter who has bashed his thumb as he can no longer remember how to use his hammer and the archer who has let go of the bow and is still holding the arrow! I think this book is just perfect for sharing with small children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to share and a good message, 27 Mar. 2014
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K. J. Noyes "Katy Noyes" (Derbyshire, UK) - See all my reviews
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After using his magic to help everyone with all their mundane tasks (and even to make his own bed!), Melric the magician finds his magic has gone!

He goes off to see if his wizardy friends can help him get it back (while his kingdom all must fend for themselves) and he may learn a lesson on the way about the value of doing things for yourself...

Great little lesson, some very detailed and discussion-worthy illustrations. My son and I like reading this together, he likes seeing all the silly people having trouble hammering nails, fishing and painting by themselves.

We'll be looking for the other two titles in the Melric series (one to come out shortly?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL FROM START TO END, 10 Jan. 2013
I loved this book so much as a child...it is magic!

The illustrations are full of brilliant detail for children to get lost in and the story is just top notch; I particularly love the king's enemies being turned in to cats towards the end, and the dogs chasing them back home (they turn back in to people once they get there!)

It has a wonderful message about helping others, but not too much, but it is such a great rollicking tale that the moral to the story is almost by-the-by; which is as it should be with all great stories.

Thank you Andersen for re-printing it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars We love all of David McKee's Melric books, 3 Jan. 2015
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We love all of David McKee's Melric books. The pictures are a real delight, and the stories are ingenious and gentle and the twist or solution at the end rarely involves nastiness. On the rare occasions that someone is humiliated it's justly deserved, as in 'The Magician and the Sorcerer', in which Sondrak is laughed at publicly. But the punishment usually fits the crime and is seldom permanent, so when Sondrak is turned into a toad (in 'The Magician's Apprentice'), the alteration wears off. More usually, however, a lesson is learned by Melric that provides the solution to his problem. This story has particularly funny pictures, especially when everyone tries to manage everyday tasks without magic. Highly recommended to age 3 and upwards (but younger children have penty to look at, as will parents).
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