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The Pied Piper's Magic

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Peterkin, a colorful elf, brings music and hope everywhere he goes with the aid of his magic pipe. It gives him the power to call any animal to him, and even to transform one creature into another. This is just what the evil Grand Duke needs to rid his village of its never-ending rats. But when Peter turns the rats into stars, the Grand Duke is still as mean as ever. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published April 2nd 2009 by Dial Books
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The Pied Piper's Magic by Steven Kellogg.

-This is a retelling of the Pied Piper like you've never seen it before, and not only because the main character and piper is an elf named Peterkin.

-The story was a little odder than expected. The pipe doesn't play music; it plays words into the air, which can sometimes be flipped around to magically transform things into something other than what they originally were.

-The illustrations are very vivid, with wonderful colors and words piped by Peterkin wo
Nov 15, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
This book is one of Steven Kellogg's better efforts, in my view. The Pied Piper's Magic is a gentle retelling of the classic fable of the pied piper of Hamelin, retold without the theme of revenge that eventually motivated the pied piper who saved the town of Hamelin from rats. In the Steven Kellogg version, the pied piper (an elf named Peterkin) is motivated chiefly by his own kindness and concern for others, and these character traits open the door to the grand adventure that follows.

When Pe
Nov 23, 2013 Lavonnia rated it liked it
The Pied Piper's Magic book is a fantasy and science fiction book. This book is intended for ages 3 through 5 years old. This would be in the (N) Nursery age range from birth through the age of 5.

The book discloses the idea that whatever it is that we are searching realize it. Then one day someone comes along and creates an environment like never before and magical or unexplainable things begin to happen.

I gave this book a 3 star rating, because I liked the message it displayed. The theme of th
Amy Brown
So first of all it's important to realize that this book is not a retelling of the PIped Piper of Hamelin. It has a pied piper and magic and rats but everything else is mixed up and/or new. The pied piper is given a magical pipe that makes the sounds of letters (great book for letter recognition). When he plays letters that make up a particular word, that object appears. He can reverse the word and what he created turns into something else. For example deer becomes reed. The pied piper discovers ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Meltha rated it liked it
This was cute. Most of the angst of the original is completely gone, and I don't think anyone could possibly label this a horror story. Elbavol was a nice touch as I did wonder where the original pipe came from, and kudos for slipping in spelling as magical. Something felt a bit too happy here, though, if that makes sense. It was a bit too easy to fix everything. Still, it's a kid's book, not Shakespeare, so I'll cut it some slack.
Tara Weaver
Dec 07, 2009 Tara Weaver rated it liked it
1-3 (read aloud)

Kellogg uses a few sentences per page to tell the story of a elf who is given a magical pipe that plays letters into objects. The use of watercolors fills the pages with detailed pictures. His art is playful and inviting. Young children will enjoy how the elf changes rats into stars and Grand Duke is changed into loveable.

Spelling/Language Arts

Young children can use the words associated in the book as their spelling words for that week.
Danie P.
Jul 13, 2009 Danie P. rated it it was amazing
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Peterkin the elf stumbles upon a dreary home in hopes of asking the owner for a penny or two in exchange for helping clean it up. She has no money to give but Peterkin feels for the woman and helps fix her house up regardless. The old woman gives Peterkin a magical flute that she doesn't know how to work as payment for his help. Peterkin discovers what magic the pipe holds and uses it to help a neighboring kingdom.
Jun 27, 2009 Kristen rated it liked it
Sweet revision of The Pied Piper. This time, the magic pipe plays letters that form words that form the actual objects. When the piper flips over, the letters reverse, so he turns "rats" into...
Nice for the younger elementary crowd. Kellogg's art is playful and inviting as always. The end is a bit too sweet for me, but still a nice book to share.
The Brothers
In this re-telling of the old fairy tale, the pied piper is a kindly elf who receives a magic flute by doing some yard and house work for an old witch. He discovers the secret of the flute, goes to town, gets rid of the rats and the evil Grand Duke and everyone lives happily ever after.

Colorful, pretty illustrations.
Lissie Moore
Feb 21, 2012 Lissie Moore rated it it was amazing
This book would be great for second graders to read by themselves! It was a cute story with great pictures. It is not a hard book, and it has a good moral. The moral of the story is trying to do things for others, can help others too!
Jul 05, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is one of THE BEST children's books that I have ever read. The message is beautiful and, of course, the illustrations are hard to beat. I actually cried a bit the first time I read it. It will make your heart melt........
Jun 17, 2009 Ann rated it really liked it
The Pied Piper retold with "print awareness" in mind. Words are upside down, right side up. It also reinforces the alphabet for letter knowledge. Cute story, great pictures, as the Peterkin is able to get two curmudgeons, with the word pipe, to hook up together and save the township.
Apr 22, 2009 Allison rated it liked it
I thought that the Pied Piper was this evil guy that lured children away with a pipe and then killed them. Apparently he is an elf who spells words with a pipe.
Apr 26, 2009 Molly rated it really liked it
A fun varient of the Pied Piper. This is a wonderful retelling that would work for anyone looking for it. Very sweet about very good intentions. Ages 4+
Jun 09, 2009 Marie rated it liked it
A pleasant variation on the Pied Piper tale. Personally, I found it a little saccharine, but enjoyable.
Apr 24, 2011 Tiffany rated it really liked it
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Ellie likes this book. It's about a flute that plays letters. She spells out the words as the piper plays them. Great read aloud for 2-4 range.
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Lesley Looper
Cute story and take on the Pied Paper, with colorful and detailed (and often busy) illustrations.
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Steven Kellogg is an author and illustrator who has contributed over 90 books for children. He is best known for writing books about animals, for which he credits his grandmother .
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