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The Magician's Boy by Susan Cooper
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A nice short chapter book that takes a twist on a number of fairy tales, including "The Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Pinocchio," and "Jack and the Beanstalk." Accompanied by wonderful illustrations, the premise of this story is a young boy (whos name is never mentioned) who works for a magician and wants very much to become his apprentice so that the boy can learn some of the magician's tricks. The boy is growing tired of waiting to be taken under the wing of the magician and his tiresome puppet show in which the boy brings to life the puppets as the magician narrates the story. Until onde day, the main character of the puppet show, Saint George, goes missing! The magician tells the boy, "you will go where you must go, through all the Land of Story, until you find Saint George!"
The boy then finds himself in a forest and has a series of adventures where he meets characters from the aforementioned fairy tales. Read how he tries to thwart Little Red Riding Hood from being eaten by the Big Bad Wolf, and how he learns that the Giant (of the Beanstalk) loves chocolate . A cute and funny story that inspires self confidence while entertaining readers with fractured fairy tale adventures.
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