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Lawn Mower Magic (Magical Mix-Ups)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  19 reviews
With a POP! and a puff of smoke, the Willows' lawn mower calls it quits. A new mower will cost their parents a lot of money, money Derek had hoped to borrow for a train ticket to visit a friend. Luckily Derek and his brother and sisters find a rusty push mower tucked away in the shed. It doesn't look like much, but it turns out that it's been soaking up magic for years. An ...more
Hardcover, 112 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Not having read Hamster Magic, I didn't understand the references to Derek's family's previous experience with messed up magic. However, I still managed to follow most of the story. The story does focus on one day's events with the children running into a magically empowered lawn mower. I found the idea amusing and the book did not disappoint in that area. The scenes with the lawn mower running amok were funny and entertaining.

There is little character development as the book focuses on the eve
Julie Witt
I received a copy of this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

I'm always looking for good middle grade books to get my sons more interested in reading, and since they love Harry Potter, I figured this book would be even better because it has "magic" right in the title! I was unfortunately not really excited by it, though. The book is a nice short one, especially good for kids with shorter attention spans, but there's really no plot to it, and even less character
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Derek wishes there was something exciting to do. He really misses his friends from his old neighborhood. He can't even entertain himself by mowing the lawn because his dad won't let him operate the gas mower. The mower dies on the day that Derek gets an invitation to stay a week with some old friends. With money so tight, Derek knows that he'll never convince his parents to buy the train ticket he needs when they really need a new lawn mower instead. Then, Tate finds an old push mower in the she ...more
Ms. Yingling
EARC provided by Edelweiss' Above the Treeline.
The Willows have moved out to a somewhat remote house with a fair acreage. Derek misses his friends at his old home, and wants to get a train ticket and go visit, but money is tight. When the family lawn mower dies, Derek and his brothers and sister find an old rotary mower in the shed and start to tackle the huge job of mowing. It's much easier when they find that the mower is magic, and it happily drags them all over the yard, as well as over som
*Queen Diva*
This is actually the second book of a series - I wish I would have known! I would have read the first one first (I have since listed it as a series on this site - it wasn't listed as a series before, that's why I didn't know).

I checked the book out to see if it was one I could use at school and it sure is! Which is great! It's a book I actually enjoyed and can use at school. Those are rare ;-) I hope the author continues to right more of these books so I can have even more books at my disposal f
Going in, I wasn't aware this was the second in a series. I was just excited when I found a galley with illustrations by Brandon Dorman, since he is one of my favorites. I also knew of Jonell's work for middle grades and had heard great things, and the publisher's blurb likened this to Junie B., so really, where could I go wrong? Well, I'll tell you. This would be a cute picture book, especially with illustrations by Dorman (which I missed because most of the art wasn't final in the galley ), bu ...more
Alexander Petkovski
Lawn Mower Magic is the sequel to Hamster Magic.

The Willow family move to a new house near the hill. Derek receives an invitation to a birthday party but their parents don't have enough money to buy him a train ticket because they need to buy a new mower.
The four siblings find rusty, old-fashioned mower in the shed and they ask their dad to let them mow the lawn so he can afford to buy Derek a ticket for the birthday party.
Abner, Tate, Derek and Celia(and Mr. Bunny) have to mow the lawn until th
A great read aloud. I love the sibling interactions.
Following the Willow children from Hamster Magic, Lawnmower magic is a very quick read for beginning chapter readers. There is little character development and a very thin plot. The siblings find a push mower in the garage and mow the grass with the "magic" mower while their parents are gone for the day. A marginal purchase, if you wanted to add a second book to follow up the family from Hamster Magic.
Another cute story about the Willow family who moved to the country. Derek, the middle child, misses his friends back home and wants to attend a birthday party back home. He and his siblings find a magic lawn mower in the shed so Derek makes a deal with his parents that if he can get the whole lawn mowed before they get home he can go back to visit. This story is has more magic than the first but is not over the top.
WOW! My 10 yr old son read this is one sitting! Took him just over an hour. Then he spent about half an hour telling us the whole story. He was really taken with this book, he loves the faraway tree books and that sort of thing so I think the whole magic stuff is his bag!

Hoping my 8 year old daughter will read it next.

Thanks for letting us read it.(we got this as an ARC from the publishers thanks to Netgalley)

Katie Fitzgerald
This quick, illustrated chapter book is great for new chapter book readers looking for magical stories beyond the Rainbow Magic and Magic Tree House series. The writing is stronger than in many series books being published right now, and I hope there will be more volumes to follow.

Read my full review on my blog:
My Kindergarten son loved this as a read aloud. We read Hamster Magic (Book #1) together a few weeks ago.
He was excited to find out that book #3 is in the works: Grasshopper Magic.

Recommend this series to your Magic Tree House fans.
its about Abner's dad's lawn mower brooke so he finds a old lawn mower that's been sucking up magic.when he turns it on it goes he has to figure out how to stop it.
Fun early chapter book with just a touch of magic that creates quite a challenge for the Willow siblings. Who would have thought that a lawn mower could be such fun?
Series: Magical Mix-Ups #2
May be best for ages 5-7?
The lawn mower went out of control when they took it out from the shed.It was pretty big adventure.
Jennifer Kelley
The sequel to "Hamster Magic". This was a cute book about a possessed lawn mower.
A magical lawn mower is exactly as lame as it sounds.
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Lynne Jonell is the author of three novels and seven picture books for children, published by Henry Holt and Penguin/Putnam. Her first novel, Emmy & the Incredible Shrinking Rat, won the Minnesota Book Award, and her most recent novel, The Secret of Zoom, is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her books have received starred reviews in Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, Publisher ...more
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