Tuesday, February 1, 2011

book talk tuesday

THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT by Kate Dicamillo

IndieBound Description:
What if? Why not? Could it be?

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

My Thoughts:
This is my favorite of all of Kate DiCamillo's books so far. She is such an amazing writer, reading this makes you feel like you are inside a dreamy, impressionist painting. I am wistfully in awe!

4 comments:

Alex said...

Something had turned me off to the book, but your review seems to have changed my mind and made me curious.
Thanks!

Marjorie said...
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Marjorie said...

It's on my list of books to read (It's by Kate DiCamillo and it's about an elephant, ergo...!) so I can't read your review too closely :-)

Happy New Year

PS When I looked at the final version, I realised the punctuation was all over the place - but I didn't realise it would leave an indelible mark when I took it away to change it - Gulp. Sorry about that!

Grace Lin said...

I did enjoy this book! Some people are kind of lukewarm to it, but I thought it was lovely--like falling snow.