The Resource The magician's boy, Susan Cooper ; illustrated by Serena Riglietti

The magician's boy, Susan Cooper ; illustrated by Serena Riglietti

Label
The magician's boy
Title
The magician's boy
Statement of responsibility
Susan Cooper ; illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Title variation
magicians boy
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A boy who works for a magician meets familiar fairy tale characters when he is transported to the Land of Story in search of a missing puppet
Storyline
Tone
Review
  • Gr. 2-4. The Boy works for the Magician, but instead of learning magic, the unhappy lad weeds the garden of magic herbs, polishes the magic wands, and operates the marionettes for the puppet play “Saint George and the Dragon.” One day the Boy is transformed into a character in the land of the puppet play, where he encounters well-known folks from nursery rhymes, nursery tales, and other children’s classics. He acquits himself so well in this adventure that he earns a real name for himself as well as the promise of lessons from the magician. Fanciful and mildly amusing, the dreamlike story flows along smoothly through a strange yet vaguely familiar wonderland. Riglietti contributes a series of expressive, stylized illustrations. With large type, wide margins, and one sizable picture in each of the 12 chapters, the book is well designed for independent readers, but it can also be read aloud to younger children. -- Carolyn Phelan (BookList, 01-01-2005, p858)
  • Gr 2-4 –A master of fantasy tells a fanciful tale for young children. Boy works for a Magician, polishing wands, feeding the rabbits, and performing a puppet show of "Saint George and the Dragon." Then, one day, the Saint George puppet is missing, so the Magician sends the Boy through the Land of Story to find it. On his quest, he meets many nursery-rhyme and fairy-tale characters from stories such as "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Little Red Riding Hood," and the "The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe." Using the cryptic clue, "Only a child can find the way/To bring Saint George back to the play," the Boy steps forward to save the day. The black-and-white illustrations reflect the whimsy and amazement of the story perfectly. This beautifully simple and joyous book is perfect both for newly independent readers to tackle on their own and for adults to share with youngsters.–Tasha Saecker, Caestecker Public Library, Green Lake, WI --Tasha Saecker (Reviewed March 1, 2005) (School Library Journal, vol 51, issue 3, p168)
  • Newbery Medalist Cooper (The Dark Is Rising ) offers a lighthearted fantasy centering on a Magician's helper. While operating the puppets in his master's rendition of "St. George and the Dragon," the apprentice discovers that the St. George puppet has disappeared. When the angry Magician insists that the lad locate the star puppet, the Boy falls into the pages of an open book and winds up in the Land of Story. There a talking signpost bears the words, "Only a child can find the way/ To bring Saint George back to the play." To accomplish this, explains the post, the Boy must "travel through stories" and choose a nursery rhyme. When he selects the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, the signpost quips (in one of Cooper's characteristically spry lines), "Not a great choice.... She doesn't get out much." Pinocchio makes a rather bland cameo, but the Boy has more entertaining encounters with the likes of the Pied Piper, Little Red Riding Hood and "four and twenty blackbirds," who finally lead him to the Dragon. The signpost reveals a delectable twist as to the Saint's whereabouts. Despite an inventive finale, the narrative falls short of delivering the magic Cooper's fans have come to expect. The theme feels familiar, and the prose lacks the compelling force of many of her previous novels. Riglietti's half-tone stylized illustrations nimbly capture the story's whimsy, whether single-page or splashing across a spread. Recent graduates to chapter books will most appreciate this caper. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed February 14, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 7, p76)
  • The Boy works for a magician: feeding rabbits, polishing magic wands, weeding the garden, and washing dishes. But when pulling the puppets' strings in a production of "Saint George and the Dragon," the Boy is horrified to find that Saint George is missing, and the Boy must travel in the Land of Story to find him. There, he encounters characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales. He helps the Old Lady Who Lives in a Shoe get her children back from the Pied Piper, warns Red Riding Hood about the wolf, and gets help from four-and-twenty blackbirds. Pinocchio is there, as are Jack, the Giant, and Father Christmas, all in each other's stories to help the Boy on his quest. By story's end, the Boy comes into his own and finds his name: George. Riglietti's magical illustrations perfectly complement the lively text, and large print and generous white space create a pleasing, spacious design. Perfect for reading aloud, the tale will encourage readers and listeners to revisit familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (Fiction. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2005)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
133556
Cataloging source
sm
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1935-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cooper, Susan
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 8-12
  • 670L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Riglietti, Serena
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Puppets
  • Characters and characteristics
  • Puppet theater
  • Magicians
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The magician's boy, Susan Cooper ; illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
100 pages, 1 unnumbered page
Isbn
9780689876226
Lccn
2004008549
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689876226
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
The magician's boy, Susan Cooper ; illustrated by Serena Riglietti
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
100 pages, 1 unnumbered page
Isbn
9780689876226
Lccn
2004008549
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9780689876226
Other physical details
illustrations

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