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The Book of Wizard Craft: In Which the Apprentice Finds Spells, Potions, Fantastic Tales & 50 Enchanting Things to Make Hardcover – June 30, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579902065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579902063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

As every parent knows, licensed Harry Potter merchandise has exploded on the marketplace, but now young wizard hopefuls can learn how to make their very own magic gear with The Book of Wizard Craft. Although this inventive and engaging volume bears no actual connection to the mighty Master Potter, many of the projects were clearly inspired by his adventures and attributes. Seems just about everyone is jumping on the wizard-craze bandwagon these days, but this spirited incarnation is done with skill.

Wishing to pass along his 600 year's worth of arcane lore, the ancient wizard behind this creative collection shares his secrets for wizard regalia (bejeweled turban, hourglass pendant, magic cloak, wands, staffs, and the obligatory robe), the decorative arts (magic carpet, crystal ball, celestial sheets), horticulture (fairy circle, carnivorous-plant terrarium), animal husbandry (dragon scales, eye of newt, apothecary carry-all), book arts (secret journal, invisible inks, quill pen), astronomy (constellation caster), alchemy (magic potions galore), and amusement (party ideas, decorations, spooky edibles), and much more. Bewitching painted illustrations add sprightly fun and help to further clarify relatively good directions. Even kids who want nothing to do with sorcery in the craft room will enjoy reading the magical myths, international legends, and witchy stories. --Amy Handy

From Publishers Weekly

While Hogwarts wannabes await Harry Potter V, they can pass the time with The Book of Wizard Craft by Janice Eaton Kilby, Deborah Morgenthal and Terry Taylor, illus. by Lindy Burnett. Narrated by a 600-year-old wizard, this collection of 50 crafts goes beyond glitter and tissue paper projects, to include sewing a wizard's robe, making crystal candy and learning to read tea leaves. Between projects, kids can read stories of Celtic Shape Shifters and of King Arthur.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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This is the best book in the whole world.
"chaobell"
Truly a wonderful book, Especially if your raising your child in alternative spiritualities or just want to do the "funny little things" that make you MOM.
Rivens Girl
I highly recomend this book for children of all ages.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By "chaobell" on July 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'm 28 years old. I have no children. I don't even have any small children anywhere in my immediate family. And here I am, buying and writing a gushing torrent of praise for a children's book.
This is the best book in the whole world. No, really. Okay, except maybe the proper Harry Potter books, but. It's still a darn fine book.
The crystal ball lamp is really what I'm itching to make. Meanwhile, I've been busying myself with churning out wizard money, rings, and baby unicorn horns to dole out to Potter-loving friends. And you bet I'm going to try the Every Flavor Be--ah, I mean, All Flavors Gumdrops recipe posthaste. Can't wait to see the look on my boss's face when I slip him a tabasco one. Ahem.
Kids WILL need help from grownups for most of this stuff, but that's not a bad thing. And, if I may make a suggestion: if you help your kids whip up a batch of Dragon Blood, put it in little plastic bottles from the craft store--and glue the caps on. Messy stuff
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am thirteen years old and consider myself sort of above most little kids' books. However, this book was so incredibly neat, here I am writing this review! It contains everything you want to know about how to pretend to be a wizard. I haven't acually tried all the things yet, but just siting there, looking at the artwork is awesome. It has everything from food to dragonsblood to mythology to wizard parties to a powder that smokes when you rub it. One should not be restrained by the age sugjestions-I want every fantasy-lover I know to READ THIS BOOK!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rivens Girl on August 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I couldn't believe this book when I saw it, loaded with activities to do with my child, and for years to come my family will enjoy this lighthearted and fun filled work. Contains how to make robes, staffs, rings, flying carpets. Recipes such as crunchy bat wings, all types of activities to enjoy and do together (the important thing). For "kids" of all ages, opens your heart and mind and lets the magic that resides within you out. I bought this for my 1 yr. olds first birthday but I can't even put it down. Truly a wonderful book, Especially if your raising your child in alternative spiritualities or just want to do the "funny little things" that make you MOM.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Wendy A. B. Whipple on January 30, 2002
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... Or at least pretend to be! (NOTE: This is not a Harry Potter book, although it's certainly riding his "robe-tails.")
Not only does this book have some really neat and practical projects (container herb garden), but also has some pretty icky, kids-love-it projects like a terrarium for carnivorus plants and a mold garden. You can make your own wizard's robe, invisible ink (that you can use with your newly-made quill pen), and sew your own journal. The recipes include gumdrops, rock candy, and homemade slime (!). There's bits of history and folklore in it, too, just in case you get tired of making all this great stuff and want to read a while.
The illustrations are wonderful, the writing is engaging, and it has a ribbon bookmark (okay, it may be a silly thing to mention, but I love ribbon bookmarks). This is a very entertaining book. Many of the projects would lend themselves nicely to a theme party, and there are a few suggestions for that, too. Your Harry fan will have a *blast* with the ideas in this book. I can't wait to some of them with my own little HP fan...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I personally would recommend this book to anybody, Harry Potter fan or not. This is a great book, and it tells how to make two different kinds of wands, robes, cloaks, crystal balls, potions, a wizard's hat, turban, and more! It also tells how to make a wizard party, etc.
I got this book for my birthday about two years ago, and I've read it through at least ten times since then. If I have nothing to do, I just sit down and read it. It's got lots of stories, so if you just feel like reading, it's the right book.
I hope this was helpful!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RobinF on April 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Only 600 years - but the wait was worth it. The Illustrations are nothing short of magical. The secrets told include making a Sorcerer's hat, disappearing in your "Now You See Me, now you don't Cloak, the jeweled Solomon's Magic Ring with instructions for choosing justice and kindness to control its power, and making baby unicorn horns. I loved all the educational information disguised in charming mysterious images -Learn about the constellations with the caster( flashlight covers), horticulture (Mandrake heads from apples and terrarium building, and alchemist (Phatom Potions, Chameleon Water, and Ghouly Green Quicksand) and use your imagination (crystal balls, bejeweled mirrors, fairy tambourine) and legends that come to life. We'll be throwing neighborhood wizard parties by making Crystal Candy,floating Magic Candles, and glowing crytal balls.
A truly enchanting book. The illustrations will knock your Sorcerer Slipovers off!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By a 12 yr old on December 15, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful, I first saw it at a science class that I go to and my teacher very kindly let me flip through it during break. I fell in love with it on the spot, partly because it was a book for wannabe wizards that was not covored in pictures of harry potter's scarred forhead, partly because of the wonderful crafts, stories, and idias inside. (Great theme idea for a treehouse!) It is a charming book, and I, as well as my class and teacher can recomend it.
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