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Author: Jill Thompson

Illustrator: Jill Thompson

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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publisher,

Material: paperback

Summary: Magic Trixie is not happy. First, her baby sister Abby Cadabra seems to have all the luck (and the attention). THEN she told her friends at Montessori School that she would have something new for Show and Tell. She promised it would be something they couldn’t do. Friday is getting closer, and Magic Trixie still hasn’t come up with a new trick to impress her friends. What will she do? This is a graphic novel that builds sibling rivalry and wanting to do the right thing.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, learning to read, developing reader

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 8 to 12

Reading Level: 2.2

Age of Child: Review pending.

Adult Reader Reaction: Disguised as a graphic novel, Magic Trixie delivers a universal story. Magic Trixie wants to do things the big kids do and her little sister is driving her crazy. The author does a great job adding contemporary style and reference to the tale, with humorous character exchanges and clever illustrations. The ending almost comes as a surprise … reminding Trixie and all of us that being the older sister makes her BIG!

Pros: Kids will enjoy this humorous look at (essentially) themselves. Contemporary references and repartee will keep them reading, and clever graphics will have them lingering on the page studying the details. This is a fast read for reluctant and remedial readers alike.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. Unlike most graphic novels we’ve read so far, this is one kid will go back to just to look at the illustrations.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ME TOO!   VINNY THE BUG MAN   WARRIORS: TIGERSTAR & SASHA, #1: Into the Woods

Educational Themes: This is a story meant for fun reading. The author has built in lessons on responsibility and growing up, but it would be a stretch to try to build them out too far.

Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 3.0

Literary Categories: Fiction - graphic novel, fantasy, magic, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: October 2008

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