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The Witches and Wizards of Oberin Hardcover – August 21, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1st edition (August 21, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006029535X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060295356
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,296,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Suza Scalora follows up the bestselling The Fairies with The Witches and Wizards of Oberin. Front and back pages set the scene: a team of anthropologists discover a mysterious mountain cave in France. Soon after, the witches and wizards who used the cave as a gathering place abduct the noted Frenchman responsible for unlocking their secret mountain lair. Artful design, stunning photography and laminated pages combine to tell the stories of, among others, Orella, Enchantress of the Dawn, Lalezar, Witch of the Forests, and Maruk, Warrior Wizard.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up-The creator of The Fairies: Photographic Evidence of the Existence of Another World (HarperCollins, 2001) uses the same highly manipulated photo-collage technique to present a gallery of mages, each of whom is associated with one of the Four Elements. Scalora started with elaborately costumed, formally posed live models, then blurred their outlines into maelstroms of saturated color created from filtered photographs of natural settings; the effect is mannered-almost to the point of abstraction in some cases-but melodramatic. Each magic worker comes with a bit of commentary: Orella, Enchantress of the Dawn, for instance, once stopped an army of giants by transforming herself into the scent of orange blossoms; water witches Euromie and Europa united rival kingdoms by changing a river's course; and Ogma and Malik, Wizards of Illusion, permanently switched day and night for a Caspian village. The descriptive text, printed in a variety of fine scripts and ornamented typefaces on super-glossy paper stock over backgrounds of mottled, intense color, is hard to read, but the perfunctory story line is really secondary to the art; fans of romantic high fantasy and readers who enjoy creating entire imaginary worlds will linger over these mysterious, evocative portraits.

John Peters, New York Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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Customer Reviews

The story is wonderfully mystical and the pictures are just incredible!
JR Corry
Somehow I feel like a good rule of thumb for any art type book is about 70-100 pages to be entirely honest.
Zephyr
Besides the beautiful photographs, the layout and glossy pages really make this book a treat to read.
La Coccinelle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Wierschin on September 18, 2002
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To start off, at 20+ years I probably skew a bit older than the target market for this book. And yes, I did buy it for myself.
The best part of the book is the photographs (it is mainly a picture book after all). The witches and wizards in the book are grouped into the four elements, and each shot is heavily themed. The makeup, costuming, and sets are all very complete and otherworldly. Nearly everything has some sort of glow, sheen, or sparkle to it. The only visual element I disliked was the rather heavy use of motion blur. It does add an ethereal element to the shots, but I would have preferred it been used less.
The story and writing were tolerable at best, most often saccharine, and in a word, tacky. I can see the possible appeal for younger readers, but you can find better. But then you don't buy a picture book for the text. Still, I felt the text distracted from the overall quality, and is the reason I took a star off.
Overall a very pretty and stylized book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Coccinelle on October 9, 2002
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This is just a really nice book all around. Besides the beautiful photographs, the layout and glossy pages really make this book a treat to read.
The different pictures are held together rather loosely by a short story. While it does help to tie the book together, I found it almost unnecessary. The pictures are enough on their own.
After enjoying this book immensely, I went in search of Scalora's other picture book, The Fairies. It too is wonderful to look at, and either book would make a great gift for anyone who is intrigued by the idea of fairies and magic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 2, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is amazing! I have Suza Scalora's first book, The Fairies, which I love! But this new book about witches and wizards is so beautiful and imaginative. I love the story that the Spirit Keeper tells of his clan of mysterious witches and wizards that travel the world casting spells. The color photographs are gorgeous! Can't wait for the next one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 2001
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Up to today, I did not believe anything could top the photography of Suza Scalora's "The Fairies." I purchased a copy of "The Witches and Wizards of Oberin" today and it is even more stirring. The photos are exceptional and the story line is great. The whole book blends together in a wonderful and magicial way that is great reading for both young and those more mature. But the colors, the figures, the expressions of the characters, that cannot be described in the space allowed here. One must see this book. It is great. Hope to see another one soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teryl McClung on June 9, 2003
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I home school and am always looking for exciting and creative material to present to my daughters. This is a wonderful short story that is long on creative presentation and imagination.
It is a mystery that unfolds its secret in the form of a message that is woven throughout the full page, full color, whimsical pictures of the witches and wizards. The words and phrases are later tied together at the end when the text of the message is written again in a spiral pattern.
The mystery begins with a newspaper clipping (shown as such) setting the stage for the story and offering the first clue. The mystery ends with another clipping that leaves the child to draw the obvious conclusion on their own. A thought provoking childrens story. There are precious few of these.
Throughout the story, the witches and wizards are described in poetic form with changes in font and artistic style to more elaborately express the mood and meaning of the words.
I absolutely LOVE this book, as do my daughters. I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By An 8-year old reader on October 4, 2001
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I really loved the pictures in this book.All of the witches look so beautiful .They all look like they know magic.I think that they are very pretty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Mermaid on January 9, 2007
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I bought this because I loved Scalora's Fairies book and because it has a beautiful photograph on the cover. I think it is the best one in the entire book and is worth purchasing just for that! The other images are nice too. The fonts are craftily and tastefully arranged along with the super glossy pages and super bright colors. I gave it three stars because if you're trying to choose between this book and Scalora's other book, Fairies, then Fairies is the one to purchase since the photographs are even more GORGEOUS. The images in this addition are worth owning too however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
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Wow!What a magical and enchanting book!The story makes you a true believer in mystical beings.But,it's the pictures that really grab your attention!The photographs in this book are absolutely amazing!I have honestly never seen images like these before.I highly recommend this to all lovers of fairies!
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