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The Magician's Hat by Malcolm Mitchell
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The Magician's Hat

by Malcolm Mitchell

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The magic of reading is books.....and the magic of books is reading.....have FUN
  CECC9 | Jun 24, 2018 |
The Magician's Hat, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

When a magician turns up at their library's Family Fun Day, a group of children is entranced by his magic tricks. Then he tells them the tale of his own youthful adventure at the library, during which he discovered a book on magic, and through it, his calling in life. Letting each child reach into his wondrous hat, he dispenses books that perform that same function for them: giving them inspiration in picking the road ahead...

Originally published in 2015 by Read With Malcolm Inc., the foundation that author and football player Malcolm Mitchell started in order to promote literacy, The Magician's Hat was originally illustrated by Dennis Campay. This new 2018 edition from Scholastic is illustrated by the Dutch artist Joanne Lew-Vriethoff. I enjoyed the story here, applaud the purpose of the book - to demonstrate the magic of books, and of libraries! - and appreciated the bright, colorful artwork. I particularly liked the two-page spread, meant to be looked at vertically, of the magician with his hat, magic swirling inside it. Recommended to all young would-be magicians, and to anyone looking for children's stories about why reading and books are so important. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 6, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 099655291X, Hardcover)

David, the Magician, loves to perform magic but his favorite trick is not pulling a rabbit out of a hat or finding quarters behind the ears of children. Instead, David knows the magical power of books, which can explore dreams and develop creativity. Bring your imagination and look inside The Magician's Hat.

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"This is not your typical afternoon at the library--a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep. Soon--poof!--each child comes away with something better than they could've imagined--a book that helps them become whatever they want to be, and makes their dreams come true through pages and words, and the adventures that follow. But each child can't help but wonder, What's really making the magic happen?"--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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