Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's ElephantThe Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

AR Reading Level: 5.0
On the library stacks: Children's Fiction
Awards: ALA Notable/Best Books; Parent's Choice Award/Honor Book
Recommended for: Ages 8+

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peter lives in an attic apartment with Vilna Lutz, a sickly friend of his father's from the military. One day, Peter goes to the market to buy food, but instead uses the money to visit a fortuneteller. He is told that his sister lives and he must follow the elephant to find her.

And so begins a series of events involving a magician, a nun, a police officer and his wife, a countess, a begger and his blind dog that will lead Peter to what he scarcely believed possible--a place to love and be loved.

This book had a similar feel to Edward Tulane. It is a haunting fable, with lovely words, and beautiful illustrations that enhanced the story. There were some lines in the story that made my heart happy and truly sparkled. This is a book the whole family can enjoy. My 9-year old loved it too.

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Book 69 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 29 of 50 for the RYOB Challenge

Source: Purchased


bermudaonion said...

This sounds magical! I love books that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Nina said...

It sounds so nice and cute to read. I love that he has to go on a journey to find his sister and that he meets all this wonderful people/animals. :) Nice!

Okie said...

I really enjoyed Edward Tulane and keep intending to pick this one up. Sounds like a fun read.