Magic For Sale – written by Carrie Clickard, illustrated by John Shelley


   Magic For Sale – written by Carrie Clickard, illustrated by John Shelley, Holiday House, (9780823435593), 2017

Format: Hardcover Picture book

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

What did you like about the book? Super-detailed Illustrations, reminiscent of Harry Potter world, shows us the shop of Miss Pustula Night “with a sign on the stair: “Come Inside. But Beware: The Unwelcome Mat’s Likely To Bite!” In her shop you will find all manner of enchantments: mushrooms, clanking chains, snoozing bats, dried dragon and talking mirrors. Georgie McQuist has been double-darted to enter the Forbidden room where a ghost was kept hidden. Georgie hides in the shop until dark when he stumbles down a hidden trapdoor to the hidden rooms. The ghost Georgie finds is Not scary, but shy and lonely. The ghost has been ordered to find every item on a very, very long list that just keeps growing. Georgie helps the ghost find all of the items – and the pages depicting the items are just so intricate and fascinating. The unexpected ending will leave kids laughing and excited.

Anything you did not like about this book? The rhyming and illustrations are just wonderful!

To whom would you recommend this book? This would make a great read-aloud to kids in grades K-2 and this new generation, who are watching the Harry Potter movies, will also really like it.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture books

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 8/9/2017

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