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The Magic Shop Hardcover – 31 Aug 2005
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Out for a walk in London one day, Gip and his father happen upon a magic shop. At Gip's urging, the two go in - and things grow more and more curious by the minute. Counters, store fixtures, and mirrors seem to move around the room, and the shopkeeper is most mysterious of all. Gip is thrilled by all he sees, and his father is at first amused, but then things become stranger and his sinister father is no longer sure where reality ends and illusion begins. Fantastical illustrations underscore the macabre atmosphere of the tale; and make this a perfect book read aloud together again and again.
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It's a wholesome story, but my concern comes with some of the grammar and language. Some of it was just confusing. I use the dictionary on a few words and found no entry (A great feature of the Kindle app), and in a few places i tripped upon grammar that just seemed out of whack.
All in all - a good short read. Very descriptive.
The illustrations were successfully magical but sometimes didn't follow the text.
The magician seems based on Alfred Hitchcock's TV episode with the clerk looking like David
Opatoshu, who's probably best remembered for hos role on Star Trek as Anan 7 in "a Taste of Armageddon.