Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief

Overview

Though every picture may tell a story, in this colorful caper the pictures are the story! A child's hand puts a brand-new drawing pencil to paper, sketching first a feathered head, then a sleek winged body...And suddenly the sketched bird lifts its head and flies off the page. What follows is a delightfully magical tale of art run amok as each newly drawn object becomes real, and fair game for the antics of the mischievous bird. Colorful chaos ensues as the resourceful bird takes pencil in beak and begins to ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (1) from $215.00   
  • Used (12) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$215.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(186)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Though every picture may tell a story, in this colorful caper the pictures are the story! A child's hand puts a brand-new drawing pencil to paper, sketching first a feathered head, then a sleek winged body...And suddenly the sketched bird lifts its head and flies off the page. What follows is a delightfully magical tale of art run amok as each newly drawn object becomes real, and fair game for the antics of the mischievous bird. Colorful chaos ensues as the resourceful bird takes pencil in beak and begins to reveal its own artistic talents. The beautifully detailed pictures invite children to observe carefully and tell the story themselves as the mesmerizing plot leads them to an astounding surprise ending. Along the way younger children will be introduced to the concept of color (eight are featured), older ones will discover the fascinating interplay between art and imagination, and all will be inspired to reach for their own drawing pencils.

A wordless picture book that depicts a young artist who draws a picture of a magpie which then comes to life and interacts with a series of colorful drawings.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Horn Book Magazine
In the first scene of this clever descendant of Harold and the Purple Crayon, a pair of chubby hands sketches a magpie that's just like a black-and-white bird seen through a background window. Once the artist's drawing is complete, the magpie it depicts escapes to a nearby perch to watch, quizzically, while the hands draw two red cherries. Like the bird, these quickly shift into three-dimensional reality. The bird eats the cherries; the hands create an orange balloon so real the magpie can burst it. Next, the sun is limned by a yellow pencil-until the mischievous bird grabs the pencil's broken point and draws a fire. Magpie and hand work together on a blue and green landscape, but when the magpie splashes in a blue puddle it spoils the paper; the bird is lured into a purple cage, where the hands lock the door and erase the key-only to have the magpie erase the bars and run amok. When the hands try to regain control by erasing the magpie, it renews itself, phoenix-like, with a whole rainbow of colors. Like the artful hands she creates, Wilson endows her magpie with a wonderfully engaging persona. The way each rough drawing assumes fully dimensional, beautifully-defined being is a thought-provoking metaphor for the way the mind assimilates any creative work, extending its details with the observer's own experience and fashioning a believable reality in which artist and viewer are partners and the imaginative work takes flight into new life of its own.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
This wordless picture book is a visual delight and a fun way to teach colors to imaginative children. A child's hands draw a magpie, a black and white bird noted for its cleverness and tendency to steal brightly colored objects. The magpie emerges from the drawing page and watches eagerly as luscious red cherries are drawn, only to gobble them down once the drawing is complete. Each subsequent page introduces a new color, until finally the frustrated child tries to erase the thieving magpie. As expected, the bird is not so easily defeated. The drawings are exquisite, easing the reader into the illustrator's fantasy and perspective.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-This gleefully wordless book begins with a pair of hands and a pile of colored pencils. Mayhem ensues when the young artist draws a magpie that comes to life and flies away. To entice it back, the child draws two red cherries that the inquisitive creature greedily devours. Next, the artist draws an orange balloon and the bird pops it. Soon, it wants to use the colored pencils too, and snatches away a stub of yellow to create a fire and some blue for bathwater. Tired of the interference, the child draws a purple cage and traps the magpie inside. Yet nothing stops this irrepressible bird. He escapes, has another close call, and ultimately redraws himself-this time with colored feathers. Playful black-and-white pencil drawings with highlights of color illustrate the fun. The final page identifies the colors used, showing a smug bird clutching a pencil. Children will want to examine this book again and again and teachers will use it as an introduction to color or for its storytelling and creative-writing potential. Don't miss this amusing tale of creative mischief.-Jackie Hechtkopf, Talent House School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Deliberately constructed, Wilson's wordless picture book makes an adroit and whimsical artistic statement and invites audience participation. On the title page, a child's hands reach toward a bundle of colored pencils dangling from a branch; the pencils are in bright colors but everything else is sketched in black and white. In careful detail, the child draws a magpie seen on a branch outside the window (perhaps the same branch where the pencils were hung) and when the drawing is completed, the bird flies away from the paper. The child draws cherries, shimmering red on the page, and the bird eats them; the child draws an orange balloon, which the bird pops. Things get a little dangerous when the bird grabs a piece of yellow that sets the page afire and then scribbles blue water that makes a mess. Drawings and events co-determine each other: the child has cages the magpie, the bird grabs the eraser through the bars and escapes the cage, and so it goes, to a last laugh when a claw seizes the pencils and makes a brilliant rainbow of feathers. The only words are the names of the colors, appearing at the end. The realistic drawing style and the use of saturated color on an otherwise black-and-white page are an arresting combination. (Picture book. 3-7) .
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803723542
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003

    A tell-it-yourself story where drawings come alive!

    <p>This is a interactive drawing journal of a set of artists hands and what they create after drawing a Magpie that comes to life!<p> This is a fantastic picture book, and with no words it encourages children to tell their own stories. The end of the book is very positive about recreating yourself: definately check this book out. <p> It's great for kids through many ages as it is a full sized book, and is complicated enough to entertain even school age kids~ <p>

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)