Lulu's Magic Wand

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Chuck Richards is back with another imaginative, visual feast that will take readers on a fantastical adventure they won’t soon forget. One day on a trip to Adventure Planet, Dad wins Lulu a special prize—a sparkly magic wand. They soon find out that this is a real magic wand and every wish is now Lulu’s command. As Lulu’s imagination runs wild, so does the amusement park. The merry-go-round comes to life, cotton candy sprouts all over, and the roller coaster turns into a giant snake! The chaos is fun at first, ...

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Overview

Chuck Richards is back with another imaginative, visual feast that will take readers on a fantastical adventure they won’t soon forget. One day on a trip to Adventure Planet, Dad wins Lulu a special prize—a sparkly magic wand. They soon find out that this is a real magic wand and every wish is now Lulu’s command. As Lulu’s imagination runs wild, so does the amusement park. The merry-go-round comes to life, cotton candy sprouts all over, and the roller coaster turns into a giant snake! The chaos is fun at first, but when Lulu’s family gets caught in the madness, can her brother and sister help Lulu stop the magic wand and return the park to normal?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
The Winklewigs are raring to start their family trip to Adventure Planet as they charge up the entrance stairs toward the laughing monkey. This adventure turns out to be more exotic than they planned for a day at the amusement park. Priscilla, the Fairy Piglet, catches Lulu's eye as a prize at the Wizardly World of Wonder. Dad's balls wander everywhere except to Priscilla, so Lulu has to settle for a sparkling wand...that turns out to be magic. Soon Adventure Planet turns to chaos as every wish Lulu makes comes true. The balloon animals run wild and free. The merry-go-round animals start flying...with their passengers. Flying saucers descend on the amusement park, flashing lasers. Finally, the Wizard in his World of Wonder realizes his magic wand has gone missing. Is it too late? The tyrannosaurus has swallowed the lassoing cowboys and Mom. The long-legged monkey has snapped up Dad. Fortunately, Lulu and the Wizard trade the wand for that darling Priscilla, Fairy Piglet, and order descends once again on the park. And soon little Lulu is fast asleep, her imagination still soaring through her dreams. Dramatically illustrated by the author, this book captures both Lulu's exuberance and her descent into sleep after a busy, busy day. This delightful read-aloud will entrance a classroom, but whether it will help your child drop off to sleep is your call. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
Kirkus Reviews
When a consolation prize at an amusement park lands in the hands of little Lulu, her imagination—along with everything in sight—goes wild. This book is a visual thrill ride, all vivid colors, lively movement and comic imagery. At an amusement-park booth called the Wizardly World of Wonder, toddler Lulu ends up with a magic wand when her dad fails to win her desired prize, Priscilla, the Fairy Piglet. By the time the wizard realizes his real wand is missing, Lulu has created a balloon tornado, launched the merry-go-round creatures into the air and woken the Screamin' Dragon roller coaster. When the Octo-Beast begins to shoot laser beams out of its eyes, Lulu's toddler antics seem more sinister than silly. Richards, author of Jungle Gym Jitters (2004), expertly juggles the over-the-top madness, repeating images and swirls in the rounded balloon figures, the octopus legs, the roller-coaster track and popped-open eyes. The concern lies with the text. It seems to be simply an interpretation of the images, with little to connect the described mayhem with Lulu's magic wishes. Does her active imagination simply in vision or actually result in her loved ones being eaten by dinosaurs and giant monkeys? Stronger narrative could have launched the visuals even farther. Ultimately, the book succeeds in exhausting readers, but whether from adventure or from terror rests with the beholder. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802722485
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 4/24/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Richards is the author/illustrator of Jungle Gym Jitters and Critter Sitter. Chuck is an Associate Professor of Art & Design at Iowa State University where he teaches the first year drawing curriculum for the College of Design. He was recently commissioned by the University of Iowa to create four large murals based on illustrations from his first book Jungle Gym Jitters that will be on permanent display in the Pediatrics Wing of the University Hospitals and Clinics. www.chuckrichards.com

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