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Half Magic (Tales of Magic) Paperback – May 24, 2016
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Edward Eager has been delighting young readers for more than 40 years with stories that mix magic and reality. Half Magic, the most popular of his tales about four children who encounter magical coins, time-travel herb gardens, and other unlikely devices, is a warm, funny, original adventure. The title refers to a coin that the children find. Through a comical series of coincidences, they discover that the coin is magic. Well, it's not totally magic--it's only (you guessed it) half magic. That means there's a certain logic to the wishes one must make to generate a desired outcome. Imagine the results emerging from inaccurate efforts: half invisible, half rescued, half everything! Half Magic is never too cute, and with just enough emotion to complement the magic, this classic is sure to hold a special place in any child's library. If you love Half Magic, its sequels--Knight's Castle, The Time Garden, and Magic by the Lake--have also been reissued in lovely hardcover editions, complete with N.M. Bodecker's original illustrations and covers by Quentin Blake. (Ages 8 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
* "Ingenious make-believe. . . . Satisfying variety, surprise, and laughter. . . . A book children will want to read at one sitting." —Library Journal, starred review
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A warning to parents who are offended by violence. There is a scene in which 2 knights bascially butcher each other to death (only to be quickly reassembled by magic minutes later). It's a relatively bloodless scene given what actually happens, and I personally am not bothered by this sort of stuff in kids books nor are my kids. For example there is some gruesome and macabre action in The Witches. But it is worth noting and if you're bothered by that you may want to skip it or avoid the book. You could skip it - it comes soon after they meet Sir Launcelot - without missing the flow of the story.
Note to publisher....the kindle for iPad version we read had quite a few typos in it...far more than I've ever seen in any format. There were sections we had to reread several times to decipher.