Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking” as Want to Read:
Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking

by
3.75  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Simon was an orphan, the son of peasants. He was keen-minded and quick and soon learned the ways of the scriptorium, of the illuminated manuscripts. In fact, he was such a fast learner, he felt ready to draw pictures of his own in his teacher’s books. But first, the monastery’s father tells him, he must learn how to capture mice.

Prolific author W. Nikola-Lisa and acclaimed
...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 14th 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Magic in the Margins, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Magic in the Margins

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.75  · 
Rating details
 ·  32 ratings  ·  8 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of Magic in the Margins: A Medieval Tale of Bookmaking
Diana
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, homeschooling
Not nonfiction, but it works as such in many ways. Perfect for a homeschooling unit on the middle ages. I coupled it with Marguerite Reads a Book, and they were both a big hit.
W. Nikola-Lisa
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  (Review from the author)
To be honest, this is a difficult book for a child to understand. I wrote it more for the older, middle grade reader, but middle grade readers rarely pick up a picture book. So, although an incredibly well-illustrated book (by Bonnie Christensen), the storyline is a bit too dense for the young reader. I, on the other hand, enjoyed writing the story because I have a perennial fascination with all things medieval.
Amy
Dec 01, 2008 rated it liked it
This book about an apprentice scribe during the Middle Ages provides scant information about how illuminated manuscrips were made but does offer a chance for parents and children to reflect on creativity and the artistic process. It would probably be appreciated most by children under the age of 8.
Joanne Stein
Apr 18, 2010 rated it liked it
a beautiful, thoughtful book!
Michael Fitzgerald
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great concept. Could have been a five-star book, but the illustrations are remarkably dull. A more inspired illustrator could have really made this shine. To me it has the look of a rough draft.
Katie
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in the middle ages
Shelves: picturebooks
Beautifully illustrated. The plot of this book coincides with the plot in "Pillars of the Earth". I'm taking this one home to savor the paintings again:)
Anca Maria
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like this book.
Margaret Chind
rated it really liked it
Jun 12, 2018
Jayden Mahoney
rated it really liked it
May 14, 2017
Toryn
rated it it was amazing
Oct 25, 2018
Liz
rated it really liked it
Jan 10, 2018
Mary
rated it really liked it
Nov 12, 2013
Laurel
rated it really liked it
Jul 09, 2008
Sarah
Apr 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Would be great to accompany a drawing lesson. (talks of getting the essence of a subject matter rather than a faithful copy). Read for Medieval study.
Amie
rated it it was amazing
Dec 18, 2017
Dawn
rated it it was amazing
Dec 27, 2012
Celestia
rated it really liked it
Jun 07, 2012
Kristin
rated it really liked it
Jun 25, 2008
Wendyb
rated it it was amazing
Apr 06, 2015
Karishma
rated it liked it
Jun 12, 2011
M-girl
rated it it was amazing
Jul 01, 2015
Michele
rated it liked it
Dec 12, 2014
Paige
rated it it was ok
Aug 01, 2008
Bobbi
rated it liked it
Jun 16, 2012
Donalyn
rated it liked it
Mar 24, 2011
Danielley
rated it really liked it
Jun 10, 2019
Sinho
rated it liked it
Aug 09, 2008
Pinky
rated it liked it
Feb 15, 2014
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Big Book of Beasts
  • Froodle
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
  • A Dangerous Act of Kindness
  • Hunters of the Great Forest
  • Animal Stories
  • Little House in the Big Woods (Little House, #1)
  • The Troll Music
  • Once There Was a Story: Tales from Around the World, Perfect for Sharing
See similar books…
18 followers
W. Nikola-Lisa's interest in writing books for young readers began as an elementary school teacher. He is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Bein' With You This Way (Lee & Low), Shake Dem Halloween Bones (Houghton Mifflin) and the How We Are Smart (Lee & Low), recipient of the prestigious Christopher Award. As an accomplished storyteller and musician, Mr. Nikola-Lisa enjoys ...more

News & Interviews

  Tami Charles is a former teacher and the author of picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and nonfiction. As a teacher, she made...
28 likes · 46 comments