Half Magic Audio CD – Audiobook, 13 May 2008
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"Half Magic "is a funny, charming, timeless book, as much a pleasure to read to a child now as it was forty years ago. Those who had it read to them then may even have an obligation to pass on the pleasure. "The New York Times Book Review" * "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting." "Library Journal, " starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
EDWARD EAGER(1911 1964) worked primarily as a playwright and lyricist. It wasn't until 1951, while searching for books to read to his young son, Fritz, that he began writing children's stories. His classic Tales of Magic series started with the best-selling "Half Magic, "published in 1954. In each of his books he carefully acknowledges his indebtedness to E. Nesbit, whom he considered the best children's writer of all time "so that any child who likes my books and doesn't know hers may be led back to the master of us all."
Jack Gantos is the celebrated author of Joey Pigza Loses Control, a Newbery Honor Book. He is also the author of the popular picture books about Rotten Ralph, and Jack's Black Book, the latest in his acclaimed series of semi-autobiographical story collections featuring his alter ego, Jack Henry. Mr. Gantos lives with his wife and daughter in Boston, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, the good news is that this book has held up to the test of time pretty well. That is especially so because a number of current books with fantasy/magical elements are just too easy. I don't mean too easy to read, I mean the use of magic is too easy. There are helpful faeries, or mystical swords, or magic gems, or obvious clues, or know-it-all wizards, every few pages. But here, the kids have to figure out how the magic coin works, figure out how to do half-magic wishes, and figure out how to handle the consequences. The book is entertaining, with great characters, but is also like a big puzzle that has to be solved bit by bit. A nice change of pace and pretty demanding given the age group it's aimed at. Certainly worth consideration as you build your kid library.
I have once again become aware of the magic around me!!!
As the title implies, the coin grants wishes, but only half of what you wish comes true. The children discover this the hard way, and learn how to make the most of their find through trial and error. This chronicle of their adventures will spark the imagination of young readers, and for adult readers, there are many literary allusions and humorous situations.
This may have been written in the 1950's, but it remains fresh and imaginative today.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A must read and laugh a loud funny, especially the half taking cat. We all love this book in our family, the chapters are a bit long but it's a wonderful story and I love how it... Read morePublished 9 months ago by A. Leeson
Great book. I bought it after reading a review in the Readers Digest and I though it reflected my life perfectly, I only ever get half of what I wish for too. LoLPublished 18 months ago by Soulsootha
I'm sure my granddaughters will love this. I can't wait to have bedtime reading with them and kiss them goodnight!Published on 30 May 2014 by maureen frances
the book is fascinating and very different - makes the older
child think - maybe I'll wait a bit to give to my 9 year old, but I'm enjoying it!
Excellent. Easy buying process, VERY quick delivery, about 3 seconds.
The book itself is great. Will be buying e books again.