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Possum Magic

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  7,163 Ratings  ·  246 Reviews
Grandma Poss uses her best bush magic to make Hush invisible. But when Hush longs to be able to see herself again, the two possums must make their way across Australia to find the magic food that will make Hush visible once more. “Another treat from Mem Fox that is sure to be treasured. The whimsical illustrations are a wonderful complement.”--Children’s Book Review Servic ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 15th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1983)
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Feb 25, 2017 Mark rated it it was amazing

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Feb 20, 2010 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
A sparkling story steeped in Australian "magic" about Grandma Poss and little Hush, two possums from the country. Grandma works her magic so Hush is invisible, which allows the little possum to do lots of fun things (like slide down kangaroos' backs) and also stay hidden from snakes (which is why Grandma worked the magic in the first place!) But one day, Hush decides she wants to be visible. Turns out, human food is the only way to make it happen and, in true Australian style, it isn't until Hus ...more
Oct 01, 2009 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
I heard Mem being interviewed on TV a while ago. She said that if you didn't have time as parents to read several books a day to your children (meaning picture books, as you might imagine) you should have had gold fish instead.

I anxiously rang my mother the next day. 'Did you read to us when we were that little?' - too little to remember? She reacted a bit like she'd been asked if she abused us. 'Of course we read to you when you were little', sounding a bit shocked that I'd even wondered.

Not su
Lisa Vegan
Feb 20, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Kathryn
There’s a cute pictorial map at the end showing the journey through (including regional foods eaten) and places in Australia. As always, I love maps in books. This is a sweet story of a possum, made magically invisible for safety reasons by her grandma, who decides she wants to be visible. How this feat is achieved is great fun. Even so, the story didn’t really wow me, but the illustrations are very fine. In addition to the fun map, there’s a glossary of Australian terms in the back of the book, ...more
By Cynthia Zarin February 27, 2017

Sep 05, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
Another book we had to read for school and another weird one. It was included with our history lessons and we had to read it to coincide with Australia. A lot of new words included with foreign animals, that make it difficult to learn because there's nothing telling us what the animal is, even though there are pictures. So for example, you have a page with lots of animals and words that talk about wombats, kookaburras, dingoes, emus, and bush magic. To a 5 yr old with no knowledge of these anima ...more
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
This is a really cute (and very Australian) story. It's a lot of fun seeing what the possum does while invisible and going on the journey to make the possum visible again.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Nov 03, 2008 Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kelly H. (Maybedog) by: My sister
Update Jan. 1, 2015:

A delightful and beautiful illustrated Australian tale about a little possum who is made invisible and after a while doesn't want to be invisible anymore. He and his grandmother travel throughout Australia to find the right food to turn him back. It's a nice mention of various places around the continent and Tazmania, although the drawings don't really reflect that. It's so cute and sweet, though, it doesn't matter and you hear about foods from different regions.

It's still a
Joanna Marple
Oct 22, 2011 Joanna Marple rated it really liked it
Our two possum protagonists have the endearing names of Hush and Grandma Poss. Now Grandma Poss is a whizz at bush magic and and devises a pièce de résistance, a magic that makes Hush invisible. Unseen, Hush gets into all sorts of fun and loves all that invisibility offers, like safety from snakes and sliding down kangaroo backs!

One day Hush decides she wants to be able to see herself again and asks Grandma to reverse the magic, but despite looking through all her magic books, Grandma Poss is st
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I love reading books from other countries, and this is one that's quickly become a huge hit in our house, thank you to a friend of mine from Australia. Sadly I hadn't even heard of this book until I received, but now that it's become part of our collection of picture books, it's one that's been read more than a few times.

Possum Magic follows the story of two possums, Grandma Poss and Hush, whom live in the Australian Bush. Prior to the start of the story Grandma Poss made Hush invisible to prote
Dec 02, 2013 Megan added it
Shelves: eng-261
This book was absolutely precious. The story of little possums, crossing the vast wilderness of Australia trying to find a magic bush that will no longer make their friend invisible anymore is wonderful. It not only teaches children the power of working together, but it sparks the questions of what type of animal is living in Australia. This is a great conversation piece for children talking about the laws of physics and whether or not people can actually turn invisible as well as a biological d ...more
Nicki Stanton
Apr 06, 2014 Nicki Stanton rated it liked it
Yes I know I gave this book three stars, because of memories I've had. This book is surely apart of your grade 1 & 2 lives. The stories you'd recommend the teacher to get from the library merely because you remember reading it last year with your teacher.

I loved this book a long time ago, and the teacher used to read with such funny expressions. It's this author, that you'd sit with your best buds and have a giggle about. These stories are the ones that make little kids smile all over the g
Oct 19, 2015 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic Aussie story for all ages.

If you come here, make sure to grab a copy - it makes for a great souvenir!
Kristine Hansen
Mar 03, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
This book needs to be read with a selection of Australian snacks including the vegemite. Seriously. What a fun story. I love the magic of Grandma Poss. What a neat book!
Paige Smith
This book gives a glimpse of different cultures to children. It is a fun book that encourages them to follow the story of a possum as he travels from place to place, discovering the magic in each.
Steph Bowe
Jul 26, 2015 Steph Bowe rated it it was amazing
Possum Magic is glorious and unashamedly Australian and one of the better things to come out of the 80s. It is just wonderful.
Jun 01, 2013 Loraine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
To keep Hush safe from snakes, Grandma Poss uses her bush magic to make Hush invisible. This book is a great introduction for children to some of the variety of aspects of Australia.
Sally Edsall
May 08, 2017 Sally Edsall rated it it was amazing
I used this book in a high school English course on children's picture-book literature, and I must say it enchanted the older students (14-15 year olds!) Every high school library "deserves" some good quality picture books, and this would make it onto the list everywhere.

It was also used with ESL students in that school, and the quality of the story-telling, and the humour is such that those students never felt offended or that they were being given "baby books". It also helped introduce them to
Feb 21, 2017 Yuhan rated it it was amazing
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Jason Brinley
Nov 09, 2015 Jason Brinley rated it liked it
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Laura Lee Denby
Sep 04, 2012 Laura Lee Denby rated it it was amazing
Possum Magic was my favourite book at kindergarten in Australia. As an adult looking over the beautiful illustrations, it reminds me of the same sense of whimsy and curiosity.
The story is about two possums, Hush and Grandma Poss. Grandma Poss made Hush invisible to keep him safe from snakes. Hush had a lot of fun being invisible but one day he decided he wanted to be able to see himself again. Grandma Poss couldn’t remember exactly how to reverse the bush magic but knew the remedy was some kind
Sep 15, 2016 Lydia rated it it was ok
The story of two possums (or should that be opossums?) who meddle in magic, than have to tour Australian cuisine to undo the spell.

Feels more like the author wanted to have an excuse to put all of the weird Australian food into one picture book than that she really had a story. For non-Australian audiences, kinda goes over their heads as we don't know what any of this stuff is or tastes like. If using in a class, having some of the food for readers to try would be neat.

Content notes: No issues

Meghan Klyczek
Sep 24, 2014 Meghan Klyczek rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-alouds
For this particular book, I wasn't very intrigued. "Possum Magic" was not as exciting as I thought it was going to be and I thought that the story line was just kind of "eh." In this story, Grandma Poss and Hush makes Hush invisible. One day though, Hush wants to become visible again to know what she looks like. As Grandma Poss goes to look in her magic books, she can't find any magic to make Hush visible again. They determined that HUMAN food was the necessary magic. They travel all around Aust ...more
Christina Mathers
Sep 18, 2012 Christina Mathers rated it really liked it
This story is about two possums that lived in an Australian bush, Grandma Poss and Hush. Grandma Poss made magical things happen. She even made Hush invisible. The story goes on to talk about how being invisible keeps Hush safe. Then came a day when Hush was curious about what she looked like. Grandma Poss looked through all her books and couldn't find how to turn him back to being visible. She then remembered that it had to do with people food. They started traveling around Australia to look fo ...more
Kristy Sikora
Nov 07, 2010 Kristy Sikora rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
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 (NS) Amie
Possum Magic by Mem Fox is a great international book to share with your students. It is a loving story about a magical grandmother possum who makes her granddaughter, Hush, invisible so she will be safe from the snakes who want to eat her. When Hush wants to become visible again, grandmother possum can't figure out the right magic. She has Hush try all different sorts of Australian foods from different Australian cities until slowly, bit by bit, the little possum becomes visible again. I believ ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Emilia rated it really liked it
Shelves: edsl-520
Fox, Mem, and Julie Vivas. Possum Magic. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983.

*International book

-A book about a 2 possums named Grandma Poss and Hush who go on a journey through Australia to make Hush not invisible. To do this they must eat all sorts of traditional Australian food like Vegimite sandwiches.

-Australian culture

Activities to do with children
-Have children research one of the dishes the possums eat and give a report on how to make it and when and where peopl
There have been many Australiana fads over the years. Way back in the 1980s, following the international (read North American) success of films like Paul Hogan's Crocodile Dundee and erm. . . Crocodile Dundee II, whole industries spawned to cash in on Aussie curiosity, mostly centred on the tourist dollar. In children's publishing, no book has traded on this momentum better than Possum Magic with its cute cast of bush critters dashing hither and thither on their tour gastronomique in an effort t ...more
Sara Magliocca
Dec 08, 2016 Sara Magliocca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-study
1) Summary: This story takes place in Australia and is about a possum named Hush who becomes invisible by her Grandma Poss' magic. While Hush experienced many advantages of being invisible, she realized that she wanted to be seen. It took Grandma Poss a while to figure out how to make Hush visible again, but she finally realized that it was certain human food that would do the trick.
2) Review: This book tells a very sweet story. It teaches the lesson to be careful what you wish for because some
Logan Draper
Sep 24, 2013 Logan Draper rated it really liked it
Possum Magic is a great adventure that chronicles two possums, Grandma Poss, and Hush, who live in Australia. Grandma Poss has turned Hush invisible to keep her safe from snakes. But Hush soon decides that she wants to see herself, and no longer wants to be invisible. So Hush, and Grandma Poss go on an adventure through Australia to find the foods that will reverse Grandma Poss’s magic. This book is a great introduction for kindergarten and first grade students on Australia, it teaches them abou ...more
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Mem Fox was born in Australia, grew up in Africa, studied drama in England, and returned to Adelaide, Australia in 1970, where she has lived with her husband, Malcolm, and daughter Chloë, happily ever after.

Mem Fox is Australia’s most highly regarded picture-book author. Her first book, Possum Magic, is the best selling children’s book ever in Australia, with sales of over three million. And in th
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