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A Finder's Magic

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  62 ratings  ·  15 reviews
A boy who loses his dog meets a mysterious stranger and has a surprising adventure in an enchanting tale from a stellar author-illustrator team.

When Till’s beloved dog slips its leash on their daily romp, the boy goes to bed in despair. But he wakes to meet Mr. Finder, an odd little man from his dream, who offers to help him retrieve the frisky pup. Together Till and Finde
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published October 6th 2008)
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This is a somewhat unusual little book. It is a very quick read and noteworthy for being the last book written by the respected British author, Philippa Pearce. Also of note is the fact that it was illustrated by her daughter's mother-in-law, Helen Craig, best known for illustrating the "Angelina Ballerina" books. Both grannies created the work with their mutual grandsons in mind, and, in fact, the main character's name is derived from an anagram of the grandsons' two names. After Ms. Pearce had ...more
When a boy loses his dog in a meadow, a magical quest is the result when a strange old man calling himself a 'Finder' shows up to comfort the boy. Together the old man and the young boy will use 'magic' to discover just what happened to the dog. The magic includes using one of the muddy toys belonging to the dog. The Finder allegedly embeds a message within the toy and when it is thrown at various animals, the finder can 'hear' from the animals in question. (Another example, the boy shoves the m ...more
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Actual rating: 3.5

I really liked this book. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it, but it was nicely written that had a basic but interesting storyline. It flowed nicely and nothing seemed like it was taking too long or moving too fast. I really appreciated the dialogue. This was a story that was taking place not so long ago, but the rich dialogue made it seem so old. I really loved that aspect of this book!

It is a super quick, easy read. I enjoyed it, and I hope to use it at school some day!
Susan Modak
Love, love the Helen Craig drawings. Story, not super but I did read through it. Interesting that the two famous granma's planned to respectively write and illustrate a story for their common grandsons and part of that arrangement is worked into the story. PP died after writing but before the book was published.
I liked the book, it was intriguing. I had hoped for a little more insight at the end. I won't spoil it. It definitely had a magical feel to it and it kept one guessing all the way through. I think it could have finished stronger but it was a nice read.
Gentle fantasy about a lost dog and the supernatural 'finder' who helps return him to the distraught boy who lost him. Will make a wonderful read aloud to 4 or 5 year old, or for that 6 year old who can read at an advanced level.
A.E. Shaw
The sentiment is pleasant, the imagination undeniable, and the illustrations wonderful, but the story itself here left me cold throughout, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Not something I enjoyed.
I respect this author and love the illustrator, but it definitely left me with that 'so what?' feeling. I wouldn't discourage a read, but it didn't grab me.
This is one I'll add to my "read a chapter book to younger kids" - I'd love to know what anyone else thinks. Sweet, with just a bit of magic.
A wonderful quick read, which I picked up to read the blurb and ended up reading the whole way through one morning. A little gem indeed!
Enjoyable, but never felt very strongly about the story, and not sure who I would recommend this to.
Lovely story of a boy who searches for his missing dog with magical help.
Sweet. Nothing earth-shattering, but it was very sweet.
Okay, but not very memorable.
Delightfully 'fey'!
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Philippa Pearce was one of the twentieth century’s greatest children’s writers. Her books include Tom’s Midnight Garden, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Squirrel Wife, illustrated by Wayne Anderson; and A Finder’s Magic, created for her two grandsons and illustrated by their other grandmother, Helen Craig. Philippa Pearce died in 2006.
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