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The Magician's Elephant (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)

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Title:The Magician's Elephant
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 208 pages
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The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (2009)


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The Magician's Elephant is about a young boy, Peter, who sets out on a mission to find his long lost sister by following a mysterious elephant. The theme of the story is to hold onto hope, not matter your situation. Peter is a poor orphan who has always believed his sister was dead and lives with a crazy, cantankerous old man. Despite his situation, he believes that things will get better and that his sister must be alive when the fortuneteller tells him that she is. Other characters in the story (such as Peter's childless neighbor and friend) are stuck in seemingly hopeless situations, but they each believe that things will get better and, with a little magic, they do. ( )
  AlexSweeney | Mar 30, 2017 |
Personal Response: This book was unlike Kate DiCamillo's other books that I had read so far. It was very postmodern, detached, magical, and gave the reader an insight into multiple perspectives of the story.
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  rjrubylou | Feb 10, 2017 |
I really didn't like the illustrator's pictures. It was a little interesting- I was hoping that the blind man would turn out to be their dad or something along those lines but oh well. It's good that he found his sister. ( )
  Brinlie.Jill.Searle | Nov 22, 2016 |
"The Magician's Elephant" is a tribute to both the power of the imagination and the strength of the human spirit. The author's work has a whimsical and melancholy tone throughout. The tone reminds me of "The One And Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate, due to its meditation on the absurdity of the human condition. Both of these marvelous books bring us close to an animal's mistreatment in captivity, a grave and profound human error. How we find each other, in a seemingly uninterested crowd,is the human dilemma. Indeed, Peter and Adele find each other in a way that is somewhat pre-destined, and that seems impossible.

"The Magician's Elephant"also reminds me of the magic realist novel, "One Hundred Years Of Solitude."Both novels present absurdities, such as the contagious insomnia in Garcia-Marquez' work, or the elephant held captive in the ballroom of a countess.These absurdities force us to re-examine hope and faith in what is our destiny to do.

-Breton W Kaiser Taylor ( )
  Breton07 | Oct 3, 2016 |
Though this is a childrens book, it is very appreciated among adults because it is written in a very poetic form and has some very thoughtful and deep meanings. This is a kind of story that is all about wonder, about the importance of taking care of each other and to appreciate life. A story that could easily be made as a Tim Burton movie. Very inspiring and and oddly written. ( )
  Ruby82 | Sep 13, 2016 |
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DiCamillo writes here in a register entirely her own, catching not the ­whimsical-fabulous note of earlier masters for young readers, nor the jokey-realistic one that has too often taken its place, but instead a mood of sober magic that unfolds into something that can be called, without pejorative, “sentimental,” meaning straightforward and heartfelt. The style may evoke Calvino, but the substance belongs to Christmas.
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For H.S.L. and A.M.T.
They walked ahead of me.K.D.
For Daniel Favini, who magically appeared in my life and made my world blossom. Y.T.
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At the end of the century before last, in the market square of the city of Baltese, there stood a boy with a hat on his head and a coin in his hand.
"I intended lilies", said the magician.
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Voici une histoire qui invite à croire en l'innatendu ... et à transformer l'extraordinaire en réalité.
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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009: Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo--author of The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-- has crafted another exquisite novel for young readers. The Magician's Elephant tells the tale of Peter Augustus Duchene, a ten-year-old orphan who receives an unbelievable piece of information from the local fortuneteller. Peter learns that his fate is tied to an elephant that has inexplicably fallen from the sky when a magician's trick goes terribly wrong. Why did it happen? And, how can an elephant possibly change the course of Peter's life? This darkly atmospheric, yet hopeful tale, demonstrates that when the answers to life’s big questions are opaque or unforthcoming, all is not lost. DiCamillo's rhythmic writing, combined with Yoko Tanaka's mysterious black-and-white illustrations, enchants and calls out to our sincerest wishes and dreams (recommended for readers ages 8-13). --Lauren Nemroff 

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When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.… (more)

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