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The Book of Wizards

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Are you cunning enough to outwit an evil witch who wants to boil you alive? Are you brave enough to embark on a quest to defeat the dragon that terrorizes kingdoms far and wide? Can you spot a ruse when you see one, withstand the enchantments of a sorceress, and win the hand of the fair princess? In this magical anthology, master of children's fantasy Michael Hague brings ...more
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Anne Holly
Jun 15, 2013 Anne Holly rated it really liked it
3.5/5, rounded up.

The illustrations are the real plus of this book, and are generally better executed than the prose. However, the selected stories are interesting and diverse; many are true classics, and a couple of them I had never heard before, which was nice. A couple, however, such as The Tempest retelling, was poorly written, and I'm not sure I would have followed it well had I not previously read the original. Some of the stories were real gems, though, and, again, the illustrations were
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Aug 25, 2010 Loki rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
This is a book about wizards & witches. It has lots of different stories by different authors. The Black School is the best chapter. I like the books where there's lots of different stories. I liked the part where they escaped best. My favorite picture is one from "The Battle Of the Wizards of the North", because the sorceress looks kind of cool. The first picture in "King Solomon's Ring" I like too, because there's like fire all over and a big dragon face. This book has great, full color il ...more
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Mar 22, 2015 Nathan Dehoff rated it really liked it
A collection of abridged versions of various stories about wizards and witches, from Circe to Baba Yaga to Merlin. The main highlight here are the illustrations.
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Michael Hague is renowned as the illustrator of many children's classics, including editions of The Wizard Of Oz, Peter Pan, The Hobbit, and The Velveteen Rabbit. He also illustrated The Book of Ghosts, Where Fairies Dance, The Book of Wizards, and The Book of Fairy Poetry as well as wrote and illustrated the graphic novel in The Small. Michael lives with his wife, Kathleen, in Colorado Springs, C ...more
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