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All the Colors of Magic

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Penelope has always been different from other children. Her hair has been gray since she was born. It rains every year on her birthday. And she knows what her mother is going to say before the words even come out of her mouth. But one day, Penelope wakes up with sparkling red hair and her mother confesses the truth: Her father is not only still alive, he's a wizard! ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Inc.
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Christina Reid
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read this as soon as I heard of it - it has magic and is a book in translation which I am always hoping to see more of in the U.K.
The story follows Penelope, a young girl with grey hair and a strange smell of smoke that follows her everywhere she goes. She lives with her mother and grandmother in a red and green 'dragon' house and all she knows about her father is that he died many years before.
Her life is turned upside-down when she overhears a conversation between her mother and
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minu üheksa-aastasele minale oleks see raamat meeldinud. Kindla peale. Natuke nõidumist, natuke leekivpunaseid juukseid, natuke lendamist ja natuke hinge kinni hoidmist. Kõike just täpselt ühe pikema õhtuse lugemise jagu.
Tegelikult minu natuke rohkem kui üheksa aastasele minale meeldis ka.
Delphine Leroy
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La singulière aventure de Pénélope Vermillon est un sympathique roman jeunesse, axé pour les 7-12 ans, mais que les parents prendront plaisir à lire, notamment pour sa fraîcheur et son humour :)
La couverture est juste une pure invitation à plonger dans l'univers de ce roman jeunesse

Pénélope vit dans une maison en "peau de dragon" avec sa mère et sa grand-mère.
Un jour, elle va apprendre que son père, qu'elle croyait mort, les a en fait abandonnées.
Elle découvre en parallèle qu'elle a des pouvoirs
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es una historia fantástica con toques de una niña de once años. Está llena de descubrimientos y intiga hasta el final. Durante mi lectura alguna vez he deseado poder hacer lo mismo que Penélope, la verdad es que me ha hecho mirar algunas cosas desde un punto diferente. Ir descubriendo la historia de Penélope poco a poco sacando tus propias conclusiones y llegar al final donde todo da un vuelco y no puedes dejar de leer.
Ms. Yingling
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Penelope and her mother and Granny Elizabeth live in a well-loved cottage in the English Countryside. Penelope's father left the family a long time ago, but promised to always provide for the family. When her mother is injured in an accident and has to spend a long time in the hospital recuperating, Penelope wakes up one morning to find her normally gray hair a brilliant red, her energy restored, and the omnipresent smell of smoke gone. Her friends, Tom and Pete,
Ricarda Scola
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meine Meinung:

„Penelop und der funkenrote Zauber“ von Valija Zinck ist ein buchstäblich zauberhaftes Kinderbuch, empfohlen ab 10 Jahren.

Obwohl ich längst kein Kind mehr bin und selbst auch noch keines habe, greife ich doch hin und wieder gerne zu einem Kinderbuch. Im Bestfall fühle ich mich in die Zeit zurückversetzt, in der ich die Liebe zum Lesen gerade für mich entdeckt habe, im Schlimmstfall habe ich eine leichte Lektüre, die schlicht nur entspannt und mich zum Lächeln bringt – denn
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pénélope Vermillon. Une identité qui laisse présager des aventures. S’ajoute à cela une couverture qui attire mon oeil. Coups de crayon intéressant. Voila un univers à découvrir. Pénélope, c’est cette jeune fille à la crinière cendre, vive, toujours fourrée dans de fabuleuses aventures, jusqu’au jour de la vérité ; cheveux devenus roux. Commence alors le périple vers la vérité.

Une maison en peau de dragon.
Un chat orgueilleux.
Maman et Mamie.

L’univers se tisse lentement à travers le regard de
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Thanks to the@kidlitexchangenetwork for the review copy of this book— all opinions are my own-

All the Colors of Magic by Valija Zinck is a truly magical book! Penelope is a fantastical character living in a fantastical world!

Diving into the story, we find Penelope who is a girl with gray hair and the ability to hear what people will say to her before they say it. She doesn’t understand her ability but has accepted it as a part of her. With her father passed away, her mother and grandmother
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
@kidlitexchange #partner Thank you to the #kidlitexchange network and publisher @scholasticinc for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


Penelope is a 10 year old girl with gray hair and the faint smell of smoke trails behind her wherever she goes. She lives a normal life with her mother and Granny Elizabeth. Well, aside from hearing things before they are said and the rain that falls on her birthday each year, that is not actually wet!

Amy (Golden Books Girl)
In this magical adventure, we follow Penelope, whose grey hair has suddenly turned red and who has just discovered that the absent father she`s never known was a wizard and she has magic too. This is the story of her learning about her new gift and searching for her father, and there`s something about the writing style that reminded me of reading authors like Enid Blyton and E. Nesbitt, as it has such a cosy, nostalgic feel to it. I also really liked the worldbuilding and the different elements ...more
This one was a 3.5 for me, and I will be eager to read the author's next books. Eleven-year-old Penelope Gardener is different from her peers. After all, she has gray hair, always smells like smoke, and August 13, her birthday, is always a rainy day. As might be expected, she's curious about her father who is absent from the scene, but her mother refuses to discuss him. Penelope's mother becomes even more upset when his occasional missives seems dismissive and contain very little money. But when ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a frustrating read for me. Fell in love with the cover, was intrigued by the synopsis... yet slightly unpleasantly surprised about the actual content. I ended up also enjoying this book, (there's a lot of quirky magic, the protagonist is very likeable) but it's just not put together well enough to be one of those children's books one can not outgrow. Adult characters were often not very believable, the pacing of the overall story wasn't quite right. But there were still enough ...more
Sindy Castellanos
Ingeniosa y encantadora historia que permite acompañar a Penélope en la toma de conciencia y aceptación de su identidad. Pone en alto el valor de la familia y narra de forma muy amena el desarrollo de sus cualidades, de su proactividad y la búsqueda de soluciones frente a las situaciones que se le presentan.
Ingenious and charming story that allows you to join Penelope in the knowledge and acceptance of her identity. It highlights the value of the family and narrates in a very
Helin Puksand
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, saksa
Penelop, kes on hallide juustega, elab koos ema ja vanaemaga ning arvab, et isa on surnud. Siis aga juhtub emaga õnnetus ja ta peab haiglas olema. Ühel päeval ärkab aga Penelop üles ja avastab, et tal on hoopis punased juuksed. Koos punaste juustega ilmnevad ka võluvõimed. Selgub ka, et tema isa ei olegi surnud, vaid on teise naisega ära läinud. Siit läheb lugu põnevaks. ;)
Mõnus fantaasiajutt, mis on haaravalt kirjutatud. Penelopiga juhtub igasuguseid asju, mis on kohati naljakad, kohati
This novel puts a decidedly oddball spin on magic. The idea that it’s rooted in red hair (pun intended) is funny and cute. Having a road that actually talks to you and can speed you on your journey is novel, too; don’t you wish you could do that?

Penelope’s hair takes her on a wild adventure as she learns to master her newfound powers, negotiate the road and track down her long-departed father. It’s a charming story but decidedly geared for the younger set. Readers who like reading about spunky
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terminamos las aventuras de Penélope y su melena roja. Después de un mes leyendo por fascículos, lo mejor que puedo decir del libro (que no es poco) es que mis hijos (6 y 9 años) no se han aburrido de él. Durante un mes, cuando los he llevado a dormir siempre cada día han lanzado la pregunta: ¿papá hoy hay Penélope). No puedo decir mucho más, el objetivo era que le gustara a ellos y ha cumplido con su misión.

A ver que les leo esta noche.

Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What did you like about the book? All the Colors of Magic is a delightful fantasy about a girl who discovers she is more than she thinks she is. Living with her mother, grandmother, and mysterious cat in a house that resembles (to her) a dragon, ten year old Penelope learns that she is capable of amazing feats – and – that the father who her mother once loved so ardently may not actually be dead. As she comes into her power she sets off to discover the truth and right a wrong. A fine adventure ...more
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this magical fantasy very much! Penelope is different than any of her peers. Her father has been absent for years. When she wakes up one morning with flaming red hair instead of the dull gray she's had for as long as she can remember, life as Penelope knows it is about to change forever. Will recommend this entertaining title to my library's schoolage fantasy lovers.
Amy_Read to My Heart's Content
Great story! The characters are easy to love: especially Penelope. When I first began I thought it was set in a time long ago but it is actually set in modern day. I loved that it wasn't too modernized and that Penelope enjoyed the outdoors and the forests. It was truly enjoyable to read and I hope everyone can get a chance to grab this treasure. It even has some adventures as well as twists.
Normita Normito
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Συμπαθητικό ανάγνωσμα, με πολύ δράση κ αγωνία.
Με χάλασε μάλλον η μετάφραση σε κάποια σημεία.
Tore, aga lõpp läks liiga kiiresti. Oleksin tahtnud, et seegi oleks alguse põhjalikkusega lahti kirjutatud. Ehk on see jäetud nõnda, et saaks järje kirjutada.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Review to come for SLJ.
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Linda Amos
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read which all children should enjoy. Enough mystery and magic, villains and good people to go round.
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a lovely book, I listened to the English translation. Story of a girl who’s father was a wizard and she has just found out she is magic.

The world is cute and the writing is beautiful
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
A fun book that also has hardship, family and friend relationships and magic!
Advanced reader copy.
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ספר מצוין!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute middle grade novel - love the magical realism and I think my students will enjoy it, too! Will order for school
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was completely adorable. It even had a few twists and turns that kept it exciting. I would be thrilled if it became a series, but it's still fantastic on its own.
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