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There's a Wizard who knows how to make colors jiggle and shake. It's magic, he says, just for wizards. But Kit, the mouse, realizes that there's more to color than meets the eye. He also discovers that the magic belongs to the colors, not to the Wizard. So step back, Wizard—it's time for mouse magic! Ellen Stoll Walsh, the creator of Mouse Paint, has shown millions of children how red and yellow create orange. She now reveals that complementary colors—like red and green—can't help dancing when they're put side by...

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Overview

There's a Wizard who knows how to make colors jiggle and shake. It's magic, he says, just for wizards. But Kit, the mouse, realizes that there's more to color than meets the eye. He also discovers that the magic belongs to the colors, not to the Wizard. So step back, Wizard—it's time for mouse magic! Ellen Stoll Walsh, the creator of Mouse Paint, has shown millions of children how red and yellow create orange. She now reveals that complementary colors—like red and green—can't help dancing when they're put side by side.•From the creator of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count, with more than 550,000 copies sold •Includes a color wheel and simple explanation of color types

Kit and the Wizard experiment with colors, finding that some colors vibrate when placed next to each other.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The creator of Mouse Paint and Mouse Count dishes up more concept fun in this picture book about complementary colors. Now that Kit, an androgynous mouse, has mastered primary and secondary colors, a wizard bird wants to teach Kit some color magic. The bird demonstrates that when specific colors--red and green, or blue and orange, for example--are paired in a design pattern, they appear to quiver or move. Young readers may recognize a similar kind of eye trickery from Magic Eye books and posters. An author's note further explains the theory, employing a color wheel. As always, Walsh's crisp-hued, cut-paper compositions seem to pop off the page. Kit's pudgy body and twinkling eyes and Wizard's mottled feathers imply an abundance of personality. Unfortunately, the text is a tad stiff. In her efforts to simplify a somewhat complicated idea, Walsh fails to establish the sharp storytelling rhythm of her best work. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Is it magic? Mouse wonders. Wizard performs. Over and over, he combines two primary colors, and places that newly formed tertiary color on top of the remaining primary color. Over and over again, mouse watches, as the color combinations seem to move, quiver, vibrate, and dance. Then it's mouse's turn. Once again, the color magic happens--the tertiary color bounces around on a background of the uncombined primary color. Then mouse knows where real magic lies. For young readers, this book is a highly readable next step after the traditional color mixing books. For fans of Ellen Stoll Walsh's clean pages and delectable art, this book is a visual treat. And for budding artists, this book is an invitation to get in there and start mixing. The book's illustrations are cut paper and there is an explanatory note appended which clarifies the magic and cautions that it works only with pure color. 2000, Harcourt Inc., Ages 3 to 7, $14.00. Reviewer: Judy Katsh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152003265
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/1/1900
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

ELLEN STOLL WALSH is the author-illustrator of many popular books for children, including the successful Mouse Paint and Mouse Count books. She lives in upstate New York.

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