Saturday, May 27, 2017

Magic Spell by Julie Paschkis - OPTIONAL

Paschkis, Julie Magic Spell.  PICTURE BOOK.  Simon & Schuster, 2017.  $18.

The magician casts his spell during his show each night by doing things like turning a “rose” into a “hose” with just the flip of a letter.  When he makes the mistake of turning his assistant’s “wig’ into a “pig”, however, the ensuing battle is almost the end of them.

The changes in each word are highlighted by the use of a simple red letter.  I don’t think this is enough to give a young reader a clue as to what is happening.  When the longer changes happen, it just becomes confusing because it all happens so quickly.  The battle is funny, but I wish the formatting of the book has been a little more thoughtful.

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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