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Kaytek the Wizard Hardcover – August 1, 2012

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penlight Publications; 1 edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983868506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983868507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The story is riveting, complex and thought-provoking. Young Kaytek, filled with the fairy tales his mother and grandmother tell him, begins to study wizardry. His magic soon turns his streets, his school and all of Warsaw topsy-turvy....                                              Kirkus Reviews

Recommended. A fascinating Polish fantasy that will appeal to many ages. .. it's fun to read Kaytek the Wizard to compare it to modern fantasy.... Kaytek the Wizard is definitely an adventurous story and, in the end, I closed the book satisfied. --Bookfoolery and Babble

"Despite his mischievousness, Kaytek is an intelligent boy with a good heart. His story is quite enjoyable. Recommended." —Kasey Giard, Children's Literature

About the Author

Janusz Korczak was the pen name of Dr. Henryk Goldszmit, a pediatrician and child psychologist who famously ran a central Warsaw orphanage on innovative educational principles; when his children were transported from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942 Korczak insisted on staying with them and died with them in the Treblinka concentration camp. Korczak left behind a large written legacy, including books on education, plays, essays, letters, and of course, novels and stories for children, including King Matt the First. Antonia Lloyd-Jones is a translator of Polish literature. Her published translations from Polish include novels by Pawel Huelle and Olga Tokarczuk, short stories by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, and nonfiction by Ryszard Kapuscinski and Wojciech Tochman. Her translations of poetry have appeared in periodicals including the Edinburgh Review. Israeli illustrator Avi Katz has been the staff artist of the Jerusalem Report since its first issue in 1990, and is active in the Cartooning for Peace program. He has illustrated over 170 books in Israel and the U.S. and has received the National Jewish Book Award, the IBBY Hans Christian Andersen Honors (four times) and Israel's Ze'ev Prize (eight times).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L. Berek on March 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Like many young boys, Kaytek is both mischievous and kind, playful and serious, creative and destructive - unintentionally, that is. Author Janusz Korczak was familiar with troubled youths, those children who some educators might classify as “emotionally disturbed” or as having some form of ADHD; after all, it was Korczak who, in 1912, founded Dom Sierot, an orphanage for those Jewish children in his native Warsaw nobody else would take in. Even before he founded his famous orphanage, Henryk Goldszmit (Korczak’s name by birth) recorded his observations of the children of the working poor who played outside his apartment in “Dzieci ulicy” (Children of the Street). And, as a young boy, the ever-contemplative Henryk imagined what life would be like if he possessed magical powers. Indeed, this question never left him in his adult years, and it formed the basis of many a discussion with the youngsters in his care.

Kaytek is just such a boy – a child with a powerful imagination, a child like so many other children, sometimes impulsive and all too often unaware of the consequences his actions will bring. Korczak, with his characteristic love and caring, introduces us to Kaytek as a boy who likes to make bets, both as a thrill seeker and as someone naughty but clever enough to use the bets to earn easy money through trickery. (At this point it might be worthwhile to compare Kaytek with the hero of an earlier book, “Big Business Billy.”) Kaytek teaches himself to read; perhaps, like young Henryk himself, his curiosity is never satisfied; rather, it keeps expanding, which leads him to wonder what it would be like to have magical powers. Kaytek’s wish was also the result of his being teased in school for his lack of athletic prowess and general clumsiness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By raising a fourth grader on February 8, 2013
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My son was awed by this book from the start, and laughted harder than I have ever seen him laugh. Korczak seems to know what children will love in a way i haven't seen in other books. He is a genius.
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