Review: The Magician’s Elephant


The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrations)

Age Range: 8 and up

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (March 8, 2011)

Series: None

Genre: Historical Fiction/Fantasy

Source: Library

Rating: 5 of 5 stars

About the Book:

In a highly awaited new novel, Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting
fable about trusting the unexpected — and making the extraordinary come

What if? Why not? Could it be?

When a
fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of
Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs
to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The
fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead
him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible,
that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric
illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and
captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate
DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes —
hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a
magician’s touch.

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Interior illustration

About the Author:

Kate DiCamillo spent most of her
childhood in the South, and moved to Minnesota when she was in her
twenties. She was inspired to write Because of Winn-Dixie,
her first novel, during a bout of homesickness one brutally cold
winter. The book was an immediate success: it is a Newbery Honor Book,
has won more than twenty-five state awards, and has been made into a
popular family film. Kate DiCamillo’s subsequent books include the
Newbery Medal-winning The Tales of Desperaux, The Tiger Rising, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and The Magician’s Elephant. She lives in Minneapolis.

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My Thoughts:

Books don’t need to be complicated to be beautiful. The Magician’s
Elephant is simple, elegant, and well written.  The characters are
wonderfully individual. I absolutely loved the journey of self-discovery
that Peter goes on and the things he learns along the way. This is a
story of love, magic, and the way our lives are all intertwined. It is
about the impossible coming true.

Kids (and adults) ages 8 and up will love this book.

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