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The Magician's Secret by Zachary Hyman
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The Magician's Secret

by Zachary Hyman

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This is a really cute children’s book. I love the encouragement of imagination.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC ( )
  cubsfan3410 | Sep 1, 2018 |
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A young boy and his magical grandpa discover the mysteries of imagination in this beautifully illustrated tale. There is a note in the front stating that the artwork was rendered digitally so that's a great testimony for the art of digital rendering. The story is good but the first page doesn't seem to connect to the rest of the story which was a little odd. You expect the events to be happening while the parents are out but then you discover it is a regular occurrence. On the whole a fun book but younger children won't understand where he's going with the philosopher's stone message. ( )
  True54Blue | Aug 28, 2018 |
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This was a very sweet story about a relationship between a grandfather in a grandson. It was nice to see that imagination doesn’t get lost as you grow up. The grandfather’s imagination was just as intense as the grandson’s imagination. ( )
  Patty6508 | May 9, 2018 |
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This story is so beautiful. It captures the love of a grandson and his grandfather, as well as the power of magic and imagination. I adored this story so much. It captured my heartstrings and held them tight the whole time. It is quite stunning and the illustrations take it to the next level. This is both a visual sensation, as well as a darling read. Any grandfather, son or grandson would love getting this as a gift, especially on Father's Day. A must read for all though, because it is just that good!!! ( )
  Mrsmommybooknerd | May 7, 2018 |
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Given the cover and the title, I was expecting this book to be a bit more magical. Though the premise about imagination being a magical thing was good, there was a little too much explaining in the prose rather than the telling of a good story. I liked the relationship between the boy and his grandfather. It was obviously a special one. I also liked the message though I thought it could have been delivered more cleverly and less heavy-handed. The illustrations told the story best and were well conceived and executed. Many illustrations were quite animated and imaginative. It was the text that lacked pizzazz. The Magician's Secret is a pretty good book that could've been better. But it was still a nice story with a good message about the power of imagination. I guess I was hoping for a bit more "magic". ( )
  TheLoopyLibrarian | May 1, 2018 |
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ABOUT THE MAGICIAN’S SECRET
This action-adventure picture book featuring a grandfather and grandson duo celebrates the power of imagination and the magic of make believe.

Charlie loves when Grandpa comes to babysit because he always brings his magical imagination. Grandpa was a magician who knows the most amazing tricks; he can pull a rabbit from a hat and make a coin disappear. But what Charlie loves most are his wonderful adventure stories, and they all begin with something his grandfather has saved in his Magic Story Chest. An hourglass is a reminder of how he defended the treasure in King Tut’s tomb from raiders. A long white scarf inspires the story about Grandpa’s dogfight with the notorious Red Baron, the great First World War fighter pilot. A coconut shell heralds the story about his encounter with a nasty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Charlie’s parents, though, aren’t too sure they like Grandpa’s stories and warn Charlie that they’re just “tall tales.” What is Charlie to believe? How can his grandpa convince him that all you need to do is believe and a dream can be turned into something real?
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Publisher Annotation: Charlie loves when Grandpa comes to babysit because he always brings his magical imagination. Grandpa was a magician who knows the most amazing tricks; he can pull a rabbit from a hat and make a coin disappear. But what Charlie loves most are his wonderful adventure stories, and they all begin with something his grandfather has saved in his Magic Story Chest. An hourglass is a reminder of how he defended the treasure in King Tut's tomb from raiders. A long white scarf inspires the story about Grandpa's dogfight with the notorious Red Baron, the great First World War fighter pilot. A coconut shell heralds the story about his encounter with a nasty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Charlie's parents, though, aren't too sure they like Grandpa's stories and warn Charlie that they're just "tall tales." What is Charlie to believe? How can his grandpa convince him that all you need to do is believe and a dream can be turned into something real?… (more)

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