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Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin (2005)

by Master Merlin, Dugald A. Steer (Editor)

Other authors: Anne Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator)

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Series: Wizardology (1), Ologies (3)

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For any apprentice determined to learn the arcane arts of wizardry, could there be a better teacher than... Merlin himself? Originally discovered in 1588, this remarkable text by history's most respected wizard is revealed to the world for the very first time. Lavishly illustrated by four dedicated artists, Wizardology's intricate design even conceals a series of hidden symbols that spell out a secret message when their code is deciphered-if the reader is clever enough to find them.… (more)
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Even though I highly doubt that this book is based on Cicely Mary Barker's real journal, I'm willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of its charm. Its pages are filled with a haphazard array of Barker's musings on her summer home and drawings of the fey creatures she comes to believe are living around it and causing mischief. Her fictitious journal lacks the adject wonder of Brian Froud's Lady Cottington publications, but it is clearly geared towards younger readers who are generally more impressed by an overabundance of imagery and small tidbits of fairy lore than for serious (or may not so serious in Froud's case) fairy scholars and art enthusiasts. What I wonder most, though, is whether Barker's papers (including her journals) do exist in an archive somewhere, and whether it wouldn't have been a more interesting concept to base the book on her actual diaries. Her publications do contain her own poems afterall, so it would be very intersting to get a glimpse into her actual research, collection ideas, and real life inspirations. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
Christmas gift from G. Fun book with all the little bits and bobs. ( )
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
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  mrsforrest | Jan 12, 2015 |
Wizardology, by Candlewick press, is an incredibly awesome book that is full of information and fun little fold outs. A great informational text with different chapters on different ideas about wizards, from potions and spells, to magical creatures and pets. My favorite part of this book would have to be the informational text aspects. The table of contents, the pictures, the diagrams, the bold vocabulary words, the stories, and much more. The aspects of this book are endless, and that is something that kept me reading even though there is a massive amount of text. As long as the reader's attention is kept large sections of text can be interesting and easy to read. Another thing I liked about this book is the language used. Wizards are from long ago and the English used in the old times was a bit different, so in the book old English is used a little. This is a neat aspect that ties into the book as a whole. Another element I enjoyed was the images, they were old looking and detailed. Many of the pictures explained a section of the page, and allowed you to have prior knowledge of the topic before reading. The big picture of this book is wizards are awesome and everyone should secretly be a wizard. ( )
  babshe1 | Nov 4, 2013 |
Bought this whilst on holiday in America and loved it . yes the child in me came alive . I would happily have given a book like this as a present to an older child or adult as it is just so thoughtful and full of surprises . ( )
  starblue66 | Sep 9, 2013 |
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Master Merlinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dugald A. SteerEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Anne YvonneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bakker, Piet desecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gilbert, Ann Yvonnesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howe, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jacobsen, LeifTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Malmkjær, Poulsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Panzacchi, Corneliasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Präkelt, Volkersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ta, Nghiemsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tervaharju, Hannusecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tomic, Tomislavsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ward, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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If you are unshakable in your desire to learn wizardology, then in the absence of a wizard of flesh and blood, this book will offer you the assistance and encouragement you would receive at my hands were I standing before you as your master. --Merlin, 1577
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For any apprentice determined to learn the arcane arts of wizardry, could there be a better teacher than... Merlin himself? Originally discovered in 1588, this remarkable text by history's most respected wizard is revealed to the world for the very first time. Lavishly illustrated by four dedicated artists, Wizardology's intricate design even conceals a series of hidden symbols that spell out a secret message when their code is deciphered-if the reader is clever enough to find them.

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