A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: The Trouble with Magic

A Matter-of-Fact Magic Book: The Trouble with Magic

by Ruth Chew
     
 

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When Barbara and Rick Benton find a wizard named Harrison Peabody in an old bottle, they quickly discover that magic isn't as simple as it looks. But even tricky magic is better than no magic, and soon the Bentons are flying around Prospect Park with a large black umbrella and befriending a sea serpent in the lake. How can they keep Harrison a secret, though, when

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When Barbara and Rick Benton find a wizard named Harrison Peabody in an old bottle, they quickly discover that magic isn't as simple as it looks. But even tricky magic is better than no magic, and soon the Bentons are flying around Prospect Park with a large black umbrella and befriending a sea serpent in the lake. How can they keep Harrison a secret, though, when he's living in their attic?

Delightful stories that deal with matter-of-fact magic, Ruth Chew's books have been engaging young readers for over 40 years. Now a new generation can discover the timelessness of these marvelous tales.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Leona Illig
Before there was Harry Potter, there was Harry Peabody, a kindly but odd wizard who sometimes had trouble with his magic spells. In this installment of the “Matter-of-Fact Magic” series, Harry is released from a bottle and befriended by two youngsters, Barbara and Rick. The children’s parents are out of town, and Mrs. Cunningham, their housekeeper, is watching over them. Barbara and Rick soon discover that life with Harry is a series of adventures and misadventures. Roses and trees grow and bloom in their bedrooms, and they encounter a sea serpent named George who lives in a nearby lake. Harry’s magic, however, depends on his umbrella. When he loses it, and George is captured by the local zoo, Barbara and Rick have to use their wits to set things straight. This delightful book, first published in 1976, gently reinforces the old saying that you should be careful what you wish for. There is genuine humor in the characters and the plot, and magic is treated as just another part of life. Carefully chosen details sweep the reader inside the world of Harry, Barbara, and Rick. Well written, with some black-and-white illustrations, the book touches on the themes of pollution, self-reliance, and family ties. Readers will marvel at the cooking prowess of Mrs. Cunningham. The publisher has added a nice touch in this edition; the original cover art by the author is reproduced on the hard-back cover, tucked inside a new jacket. A Hogwarts without the darkness, demons, and violence, this series of chapter books is guaranteed to enchant a new generation of readers. Teachers should find a place for this series, one of the best of its kind, in their curriculum. Reviewer: Leona Illig; Ages 6 to 9.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780449813805
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
A Stepping Stone Book(TM) Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
772,407
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Working as a fashion artist, she started writing stories about witches for the youngest of her five children. The first of these, The Wednesday Witch, was a big hit, and her new career was born. Ruth Chew went on to write 29 tales of magic and fantasy that have enchanted generations of readers.RUTH CHEW was born in Minneapolis and studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

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