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Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief
     

Magpie Magic: A Tale of Colorful Mischief

by April Wilson, Skip Skwarek (Editor)
 
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

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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.

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) .

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803723542
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.88(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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