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Abracadabra!: Magic with Mouse and Mole

Overview

Mouse and Mole are very excited. Minkus the Magnificent is in town - ONE SHOW ONLY! - and they can’t wait to sit in the front row and see his tricks. After the abracadabras happen, though, something goes a bit wrong - and Mole is very disappointed to discover that magic is sometimes not exactly what it seems. How will Mouse help her friend realize that there is magic happening right in front of their very eyes? Wong Herbert Yee gives readers another grand adventure with two best friends, Mouse and Mole, who, ...
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Overview

Mouse and Mole are very excited. Minkus the Magnificent is in town - ONE SHOW ONLY! - and they can’t wait to sit in the front row and see his tricks. After the abracadabras happen, though, something goes a bit wrong - and Mole is very disappointed to discover that magic is sometimes not exactly what it seems. How will Mouse help her friend realize that there is magic happening right in front of their very eyes? Wong Herbert Yee gives readers another grand adventure with two best friends, Mouse and Mole, who, despite their different outlooks on life, manage to show each other that friendship itself is a magical event!
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
Excitedly arriving at Mouse's house, Mole is ready to go to the magic show with his friend. The pair have tickets for front row seats at Minkus the Magnificent's outdoor performance. The magician selects Mouse to assist in the magic act involving cloths. Mole happily volunteers to help Minkus with the card trick. During the finale, a white rabbit appears from the magic hat, tumbling out and knocking over the table. In the process, all of the magician's trade secrets are revealed. Mole is upset by the trickery of magic when he finds out he was duped. The next day, Mouse finds Mole still sulking. To cheer up her friend, Mouse shows Mole the true and real magic that exists in the world around them. This book is the second story about the two friends whose friendship is much like that of Arnold Lobel's "Frog and Toad." Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
In this second chapter book about best friends Mouse and Mole, Mole is excited because Minkus the Magnificent is coming to town. The show is marvelous at first, but disappointing in the end when a table collapses and the audience realizes that the magic is really trickery. He is depressed: "There is NO such thing as magic! " Then Mouse summons him to a midnight show featuring fireflies, mimosa plants, and the full moon. Reassured that magic is all around, he falls asleep beneath the moon and stars, next to her. Yee portrays Mole's vulnerability and Mouse's pragmatism with great sensitivity and humor (and a refreshing reversal of traditional gender roles). The attractive layouts interweave small, bright charcoal-and-gouache illustrations with the clear, large type of the text. In one scene, Mouse is shown mulling over what to wear: a dress with yellow polka dots on purple, or one with red-and-white stripes, or another with a moon-and-stars motif. Throughout, Mole looks comfortable in his chartreuse shirt and orange pants. These two are a lovely addition to the pantheon of easy-reader pals.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, GA

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Kirkus Reviews
Mouse and Mole, friends who could be buddies with Frog and Toad, are back in this four-chapter book for new readers. Mole is simply mad about magic and is thrilled to have tickets to a traveling magic show. Mouse, once she chooses the right moon-and-star dress for such an occasion, is almost as excited as Mole. But when Mole discovers that the magic is just a trick, his disillusionment nearly overwhelms him. Mouse, ever philosophical, comes up with some real magic that brings Mole happiness. Frequent, small frames resembling comic-book cells are sprinkled among the full-page illustrations, pulling the reader forward. Warm nighttime charcoal-and-gouache hues make the magic of Mouse's natural world warm and inviting to new readers. Perhaps they, too, will look for the magic that is around them everyday, beneath the moon and stars. (Picture book. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781456135256
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/19/2011
  • Format: Cassette

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series.

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