Magical Kids II: The Smallest Girl Ever: The Boy Who Could Flyby Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner expands her Magical Kids series with two more delightfully quirky chapter books, packaged together in this fun “flip” format for twice the magic! Fans of Judy Moody and My Weird School are sure to snatch this one up!
Gardner continues her series about children with magical abilities with these two short novels, presented in a "flip over" volume. Thomas is granted his wish to fly on his ninth birthday, making for many complications at home and school. Although his tale has some charm, The Smallest Girl is the stronger and more interesting story. Ruby Genie is the daughter of the greatest magicians ever. Unfortunately, she appears to have no magical talent at all. When her parents are killed, she is sent to the only school of magic that will take her. When she's told to perform her best trick, she is unable to do anything, and (literally) shrinks with embarrassment. Later, a down-on-his-luck magician with evil intentions claims to be Ruby's uncle and takes her away. However, he soon becomes frustrated with her, puts her in an old handbag, and tosses her out a window. Ruby's luck finally changes when kindly Aunt Hat catches the bag. The characters are more fleshed out, and the engaging plotline keeps children curious about will happen next. In both selections, black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout and offer good graphic support for younger readers.-Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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Sally Gardner lives in London, England.
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