Abby Carnelia's One and Only Magical Power
One day, Abby Carnelia, ordinary sixth grader, realizes she has a magical power. Okay, it's not a fancy one (she can make a hard-boiled egg spin by tugging on her ears). But it's the only one she has, and it's enough to launch her into an adventure where she meets a host of kids with similarly silly powers, becomes a potential guinea ...more
Anyways, its hard to argue with the idea that all kids are special, and having it set loosely against a back drop of magic (I wouldn't read this strictly for a kid who is fascinated by magic, as that is a small part of the story). Pogue's humor got a few chortles out of the boys, but keep in mind they a ...more
Now, first things first, let me, uh, disclaim that I have an advance reader's copy. It says right on the back that this is an "uncorrected proof" that "should not be quoted without comparison with the finished book". Fair enough. I don't *have* a copy of the finished book, so I'm going to just go ahead and quote from this one anyway. It's possible that everythin ...more
In this book, Abby Carnelia discovers that she has a special power, although a seemingly useless one. She goes to a ritzy magic camp to try to learn more about her power, and eventually ends up in a super camp with campers that hav ...more
I took this aud ...more
In her kitchen, while helping her mother make a salad, Abby Carnelia discovers her one and only magical power. Her power isn't something exciting or useful and she really can't believe that she has it. After a few days, she comes to terms with her new found "power" but fee ...more
This book is tota ...more
Abby's journey is amusing. If readers enjoy everyday magic, this would be an excellent read to pass along. If readers are more into fantasy magic, this selection would be easy to pass up. The best part of the book would be the author's notes at the end of the story. I wish his notes would ...more
This book was a lot of fun to read. Abby was a regular girl, until she discovers her power. But, she still felt very much like your average tween looking to figure stuff out. The magical aspect of the book will appeal to fans of Savvy and The Girl Who Could Fly and the humor and fun will appeal to everyone else. A sweet and silly book that will have kids wishing they could figure out what their odd power is.
Things I Didn't Like:
I have to admit, the book seemed pretty forgettable ( ...more
A fun and "safe" read for kids. Abby Carnelia discovers that she has a magical ability, unfortunately it's not a terribly impressive one. She can make a hard boiled egg spin if she pulls on both her earlobes.
She soon finds out she's not alone, there are other kids out there with magical abilities but they all seem to be as unspectacular as her own.
There are bad guys, challenges and finally a big finish that proves that no matter how small you think your abilities are they can make a dif ...more
The story turned more serious when the drug comp ...more
Not sure if this is a spoiler, but her magic is never explained, other than the author saying "ther ...more
Like I read this book 2 years ago and I forgot the title..
I searched for 4 hours straight looking for it because yes it's seriously that AWESOME!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THE PLOT!
This book is perfect for everyone!
To unleash your powers you have to do the most unusual -est thing like Pull on both your earlobes
(Can't say anything else because I don't want to spoil anything)
Just trust me on this one..
If it's a rainy day and you so happen to have the book...
Then you a ...more
Not a bad story, but not a great one as kids' books go. I do think I'll stick w/ ...more
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music)...more
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