The Wizard of Washington Square

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The Wizard of Washington Square by Jane Yolen, Ray Cruz

One day, while playing in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, David and Leilah are thrilled to discover a real wizard living behind the little black door in Washington Square Arch. Alas, he is only a second-class wizard, he tells them, and sometimes he has trouble with his spells. So when the Wizard accidentally turns David's Scottish terrier, D. Dog, into a statue and the statue is stolen by Mr. Pickwell, a nasty antiques dealer, it's up to David and Leilah to get D. Dog back—before Mr. Pickwell sells him!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765350169
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date: 03/01/2005
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.28(d)
Age Range: 8 - 13 Years

About the Author

Jane Yolen is the distinguished author of more than 250 books for children, teens, and adults. She has earned many awards over the years, including the World Fantasy Award, two Nebula Awards, the Society of Children's Book Writers Golden Kite Award, three Mythopoeic Society Aslan Award, two Christopher Medals, the Boy's Club Jr. Book Award, the Garden State Teen Book Award, the California Young Reader's Medal, New York State's Charlotte Award, the Daedalus Award, a number of Parents' Choice Magazine Awards, four Honorary Doctorates, and many more awards and citations for her work. Ms. Yolen lives in with her husband in Hatfield, Massachusetts, and St. Andrews, Scotland.

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The Wizard of Washington Square

By Yolen, Jane


Copyright © 2005

Yolen, Jane

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ISBN: 0765350165

"I'm the Wizard of Washington Square."

From behind the door, into the sunlight, stepped the weirdest little man David had ever seen. He had a long, silky white beard that was parted slightly off center and flowed down to his waist. He was no taller than a four-year-old. He wore a robe of inky blue and a pointed hat that sparkled with stars.
"How do you do," said the little man to David in a voice full of apologies. "I'm the Wizard of Washington Square."
David meant to say "How do you do" back, but he just stood there with his mouth open. Even D. Dog was too surprised to bark.


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Table of Contents


To Begin Before the Beginning,
David and Leilah and D. Dog,
The Tunnel Under the Park,
The Wizard's Warren,
A Perfect Day for Signing,
Swinging Statues,
What the Tapestry Saw,
The IRT,
A Priceless Possession,
The Table's Part,
The Chase,
A Note from the Author,
A Biography of Jane Yolen,

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Square Park in Greenwich Village feeling lonely. His family has just relocated from Connecticut to New York and he has no friends. When his canine¿s ball lands in the fountain in the middle of the park he meets Leilah who goes into the water to retrieve the toy. Leilah informs him that the fountain is home to a wizard................. David scoffs at the inane girl, but soon they encounter THE WIZARD OF WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK, who explains he is a second rate failure, which is why he has been exiled to the land of non-believers. He proves his incompetence when he accidentally turns D. Dog into a statue. Before the Wizard can figure out how to rectify his blunder, antiques dealer Mr. Pickwell steals the statue to sell it. David and Leilah team up to retrieve D. Dog while the Wizard works on a reversal spell...................... THE WIZARD OF WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK is a fantastic urban fantasy that the elementary school crowd and their parents will enjoy. The story line enchants the audience as David and Leilah become friends while trying to rescue his dog from a terrible fate. The Wizard will remind readers of Oz as he bungles spells. Jane Yolen entertains her young readers with a fine friendship fantasy........................... Harriet Klausner