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Wizard at Work by Vivian Vande Velde
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Sep 08, 2011

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bookshelves: middle-grade-reader

This would be a fabulous choice for younger kids who are just about to make that leap from early chapter books into "bigger kid" independent readers such as Percy Jackson or other such books on that reading level. Parents with reluctant readers who enjoy a fantasy setting should consider this book as a good choice for it's easy vocabulary and the over all structure of the book which promotes more than one reading. That is, the book is broken into chapters, each one a different tale, but still centralized around the same main character. It would be very easy to read a chapter a day to strengthen reading skills on this one. The book would do equally good for both boys and girls

A school teacher magician is finally home on summer break. He wants nothing more than to take a nap, read some books and work in his garden. But every time he settles down to do just that someone interrupts him! A princess who needs help with a difficult sister, a dragon who needs rescuing from a princess, a gang of bbq eating unicorns, and a king who thinks his castle is haunted by a ghost all need help from our lovably, grouchy wizard. But the wizard has a big lesson to learn from all these encounters - things are not always what they seem and people can never be gauged by appearances, even at the best of times, but trough magic into the mix and you're in for trouble for sure! The story finally wraps up on a final story where the wizard agrees to help the king and queen find a husband for their tom boy daughter that appropriately wraps up the story on a happy note without being overly saccharine.

Over all this wasn't the best Velde's ever done, but as usual her prose is clean and simple and she displays her usual talent for presenting a world that is fully populated and incredibly believable as a home for her characters. And while I personally didn't get a lot out of it, I am by no means the target demographic after all, I think that for it's intended audience this will do no great disservices. Recommended.
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Reading Progress

September 8, 2011 – Started Reading
September 8, 2011 – Shelved
September 8, 2011 –
page 55
September 9, 2011 –
page 144
September 9, 2011 – Finished Reading
May 28, 2012 – Shelved as: middle-grade-reader

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