The Three Little Magicians by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

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The Three Little Magicians by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

Category: Emerging Readers
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Zoe Morris
Reviewed by Zoe Morris
Summary: Three little magicians help out a friend in this magical story for young readers
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 80 Date: September 2014
Publisher: Orion Childrens
ISBN: 978-1444011456

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The Three Little Magicians are just that, a group of young friends who like magic and are pretty good at it, but they're nothing compared to the likes of their neighbour and magician extraordinaire, Mr Marzipan. When a mishap takes him out of the running for the important magic show at the Crystal Castle, the three friends offer their services. But will the evil Zigzag thwart their plans and steal the prize for himself?

This is an Early Reader book, that is a chapter book heavy on pictures and quite low on words, which is ideal for young bookworms trying to plough through their own stories without too much help. It is well designed, in keeping with the other books in the set, and has a clear beginning, middle and end. It’s impressive how much story you can pack in to just a few pages, and there are lots of extra bits that help introduce the story and the characters, for example seeing the three’s house that they share, and nosying inside their rooms. This doesn't impact on the outcome of the story but it’s nice as a 'getting to know you' start to the book.

This book is definitely magical in the stereotypical way, with spells, tricks, wands, the pulling of bunnies out of hats and of course lots of magic words. Nothing was missing, and I quite enjoyed the story. There’s clearly goodies and baddies in this book and you don’t have to look far to see who is who – just a glance at Zigzag’s constant frown is a heads up. I'm sure you'll be pleased to know, but not all that surprised to hear, that there’s a suitably happy ending.

There were a few details in the illustrations that caught my eye, for example the calendar that seemed to have 6 day weeks, and a part on the magic carpet when the book was described as slipping from a pocket, well after it was already flying through the air. Other than that they're good, colourful additions to the story with lots to look at.

The text is a good size and well laid out, but I did spot a few odder bits, such as the pets on the way to the magic shop who seem to be speaking but their words aren't really part of the story, more a doodled after thought. The font for these is a bit trickier to read and is the only thing I'd change in this book – not because I couldn't make it out, but because I'm not sure someone just learning their way through the alphabet would cope.

Otherwise, this is a fun, appropriate story that can be read alone or enjoyed together. It's silly and cute, and definitely recommended.

Thanks go to the publishers for supplying this book.

The Three Little Pirates and The Three Little Witches are along the same lines, and would complete the set nicely.

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