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Ratsmagic by Christopher Logue


by Christopher Logue

Other authors: Wayne Anderson (Illustrator)

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This rather surreal picture-book, first published in Britain in 1976, and here in the USA in 1979, seems like more of a vehicle for Wayne Anderson's artwork (he alone is credited on the front cover, although he is not the author), rather than an actual storybook. The tale itself - all about Bluebird and her long-looked-for egg, which all the residents of the Valley of Peace expect to be "the most marvellous Egg ever laid;" her kidnapping by the evil Witch Dole, who lived inside The Dragon of Tears, underneath The Lake of Sadness, deep in The Forest of Gloom; and her rescue (along with the Queen of Midnight) by Rat, with his magic stick - felt rather convoluted to me, and more than a little bit loopy, in that distinctly 1970s way.

Still, the illustrations themselves are quite interesting, particularly for those Wayne Anderson fans (like myself) who have enjoyed his work in other volumes, from Peter Dickinson's The Flight of Dragons, to Philippa Pearce's The Squirrel Wife (the newer edition). Full-page plates, in sepia-tone colors, and smaller black-and-white inset illustrations, all add to the magic. I think my favorite "portrait" was of Witch Dole, poised on her broomstick, with her snake-encircled hat on, and her black cat perched on her shoulder. Definitely one I would recommend primarily for the artwork! ( )
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The evil witch steals Bluebird for the contents of the egg she is about to lay. The animals of the Valley of Peace count on Rat to save her.

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The evil witch steals Bluebird for the contents of the egg she is about to lay. The animals of the Valley of Peace count on Rat to save her.

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