Half Magic (Tales of Magic #1)
"But how would we do that?" asked Mark. "We're just kids. Oh. Wait. You don't mean..."
"I certainly do!" said Jane. "We just have to wish for it, and the Charm will take care of the rest. But we need to wish very carefully. Now, what kind of book do we want it to be?"
"I want it to be like one of E. Nesbit's books!" said Katherine. "Though... if the...more
i bought this (and the rest of the series) for my niece for christmas a couple of years ago, and i can't wait until my daughters are old enough to read it.
There is a part about an Arab. He is supposed to be a not very nice guy. I felt I had to address this in my review. I did not like the way he was portrayed, yet at the same time we have to remember that this was written in the nineteen-fifties. It is unfortunate that this chapter is part of the book, but oh well.... Other than that I thought it was a cute book.
I did like how this book refers to other famous books, parti...more
This is, apparently, a children's book. Back in the day, children were considerably more well-read. They would have had to be, otherwise they would miss the multitude of references to other works of literature. For example there is the part that goes something like this (not quoting verbatim, but it goes something generally li...more
maggie (6 yo) liked the pictures and the magic coin. that was her favorite part. in the book possession of the magic coin allows the possessor's wishes to come half-true. it was imaginative but not frightening, even in the section where knights of...more
In the beginning the story is a simple tale of a magic charm which grants wishes in halves. By the end of the book Eager has captured a deeper essence of fear and pain that haunts not only children, but grown-ups as well. Even as adults we can baulk at life when we lose someone we love or must accept new circumst...more
Now, I’m a winter girl, through and through, but when the lightning bugs start to rise up out of the grass, I start to ache for the summers from when I was little. Unfortunately, all the kids who used to comeoutandplay have moved on, and I’ve been trying to eat less dirt, so I was at a loss for a way to revisit my summers.
Then I remembered E...more
The only thing is that a whole chapter is taken up with a trip to a desert, where the children run across an evil, wicked, terrib...more
เป็นแนวกลุ่มเด็กพี่น้องที่ได้พบการผจญภัยเกี่ยวกับเวทย์มนต์แบบเรื่องของ E.Nesbit (ซึ่งก็มาอ่านประวัติผู้เขียนแล้วพบว่าเค้าชื่นชอบเนสบิทมากๆจึงเขียนเรื่องเพื่อให้เด็กๆที่ได้อ่านหนังสือของเค้าได้รู้จักกับนักเขียนคนนี้)
ภาพประกอบโดย N.M. Bodecker น่ารักมาก
Food for thought: If you had one wish what would it be?
Author: Edward Eager
Genre: Yough Adult
Challenges: 101 Books in 1001 Days Challenge, The Naming Convention Challenge, Book Around the States Challenge, Read and Review Challenge 2010, 2010 Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge, 100 + Reading Challenge, Young Adult Reading Challenge, YA Through the Decades, Audio Book Challenge 2010, Pages Read 2010, A to Z challenge, 1001 Childrens book Before I Grow Up
No. of Pages: Audio (208)
Back Cover: Belove...more
This fun and clever fantas...more
This is my favorite book by Eager, with lots of wit and humor. A classic of children's literature, but not in a stuffy way.
While figuring out what sort of adventures they could possibly have during a summer in Toledo, Ohio, Jane, the eldest of four, finds what she thinks is a nickel in a crack of the sidewalk. Instead, what Jane has found is a magic coin - but with a twist - it only grants half of...more
** It all begins with a strange coin on a sun-warmed sidewalk.
Jane finds the coin, and because she and her siblings are having the
worst, most dreadfully boring summer ever, she idly wishes something
exciting would happen.
And something does: Her wish is granted.
Or not quite. Only half of her wish comes true.
It turns out the coin grants wishes -- but only by half, so that you must wish for twice as much as you want.
Wishing for two times some things is a cinch, but other doubled wishes
I like this book...more
Eager was a childhood fan of L. Frank Baum's Oz series, and started writing children's books when he could not find stories he wanted to read to h...more