- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 670 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks; Reprint edition (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416915559
- ISBN-13: 978-1416915553
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Magician's Boy Paperback – June 1, 2006
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Susan Cooper is one of our foremost children’s authors; her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising has sold millions of copies worldwide. Her many books have won the Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She combines fantasy with history in Victory (a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel), King of Shadows and Ghost Hawk, and her magical The Boggart and the Monster, second in a trilogy, won the Scottish Arts Council’s Children’s Book Award. Susan Cooper lives on a saltmarsh island in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.
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The magician's boy is upset because the magician won't teach him magic. The Magician does however let the boy perform a puppet show for his clients. However when the lead puppet (Saint George) is found to be missing the Magician gets angry and throws the boy into the story book on a quest to find Saint George. The Boy tumbles through a series of fairy tales in his quest.
This book was written in a simple way with words that are easy for younger children to understand. The concept addressed in the book is slightly more advanced but well portrayed in a simple way. I read this with my 5 year old son and he was fascinated with the idea of a character being able to fall into a book.
The concept of falling into a book and having to partake of the story in a real-life way is a fun one. This is made even more clever by how the Boy stumbles upon characters from other fairy tales in his quest to find Saint George. The Boy runs into the Old Woman who lived in a shoe, Jack and his Bean Stalk, and Little Red Riding Hood to name a few.
The story has a fun twist at the end that is unexpected and interesting. In a humorous and fun way the story is about how bravery and hardwork can lead to great reward.
The illustrations throughout are in black and white and are cute and funny. They are cartoonish and made both me and my son laugh out loud.
Overall a fun fantasy story that people of all ages can enjoy. The language and writing level are simple and intended for a young audience. The concept of falling into a book and stumbling through other fairy tales to complete an adventure is a fun one. There is plenty of humor throughout and fabulous drawings as well. Recommened for fans of fairy tales and fantasy; especially younger readers.
I found it to be an interesting read. It's been long since I've visit the nursery rhymes and this book dived you back to the old times, with a glitch. Nevertheless it is a children's book, I found myself enjoying the book as it brings the imagination to a full play with what we once know when we were kids. The plot is wonderful and cute. Characters are easy to follow through in the story. It is suitable for children who still in their roots to become an avid reader, or prying interests from a reluctant reader.
Let me just say that this book would be perfect for those readers who enjoy traditional fairytales, but who are looking for a not-too-difficult chapter book. Fans of Junie B. Jones and the Magic Treehouse stories can handle it easily.
Knowing Susan Cooper's ties to Revels, it's easy to understand why she chose to use the St. George play as the framework for her story, however, it would have been helpful if she had given an explanation to the many American children who have never heard of St. George or the mummer's play referred to in the book. It isn't vital to have experienced the play in order to enjoy the book, but a little background as a preface or an afterword would have been nice--many of the children I work with enjoy knowing where the stories originate.
I enjoyed the illustrations as much as the story. Altogether this is a very satisfying book.