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Monday, September 20, 2010

The Magicians Elephant Book Review

The Magicians Elephat was written by Kate DiCamillo. In this highly awaited new novel, Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected — and making the extraordinary come true. The Magician's Elephant engages the reader from the first sentence. While the novel is filled with intriguing and unusual characters, it is the story that is all important. And the story of The Magician's Elephant is full of questions. The genre of the novel is fantasy fiction. The inteaded target audeince of the novel is 10-12 year olds.

Peter is a 10-year-old boy, an orphan training for a life as a soldier. When his master sends him to the market with a coin to buy bread, Peter makes an impulsive decision and spends the coin at a fortune teller's booth instead. He asks about his sister - is she living and how can he find her? - but the fortune teller's advice is preposterous. She tells him to follow the elephant. But no one Peter knows has ever even seen an elephant. When the magician "accidentally" brings an elephant crashing through the roof, crushing the legs of one of the fine ladies in the audience, Peter sees a glimmer of hope. And things will come together in a truly magical way.

The Magician's Elephant is a magical tale. It's one of those calm, influential books, every word chosen cautiously. It's terribly sad, but also happy and optimistic. I think this will be a book that you either adore or you don't. At its most ambitious, it’s also a haunting analogy of belonging—whether man or beast, rich or poor, beggar or countess, we all just want to be home, to be loved, to belong. DiCamillo's writing creates a level of tension that keeps the tale from being stale.

In conclusion i think the tale of The Magicians's Elephant is a suitable novel for 10-12 year olds as it provides them with a sense of direction in life and motivates them to do the impossible just like Peter in the novel did. I personally think that this book is fantastic to read and you won't be able to put it down. I look forward to when the kids read it, just so i can get their opinions on the book becuase i firmly believe that it will be entertaining for them.

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