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 Magic word
 Author: Barnett, Mac

 Illustrator: Parsley, Elise

 Publisher:  HarperCollins
 Pub Year: 2016

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 23 x 28 cm

 BTSB No: 091608 ISBN: 9780062354846
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Magic -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $20.71

When Paxton C. Heymeyer's babysitter tells him to say the magic word, she could never have imagined that what would happen next would be a walrus running after her. And that's just the beginning...

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 185165
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 69840

   Kirkus Reviews (07/15/16)
   Booklist (10/01/16)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/11/16)
 The Hornbook (00/09/16)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 10/01/2016 In this wild, relatable fantasy, young Paxton C. Heymeyer rebels against the “What’s the magic word?” question; instead of the expected response, he utters “Alakazoomba” and quickly discovers that this actually magic word makes anything he wants appear. Paxton’s requests start innocently but quickly grow more outlandish, until eventually his house resembles a fantasy amusement park, complete with walruses who chase those trying to rein him in off to North Dakota—bye-bye babysitter, parents, and best friend. But soon Paxton discovers that partaking in all these pleasures by himself can get lonely. He wishes everyone back, apologizes, and is forgiven by everyone except the babysitter who, in a typical Barnett twist, is again chased off by the walruses. Brightly colored digital illustrations perfectly complement the text and convey Paxton’s over-the-top antics, while showing both his fiendish and vulnerable sides. Although the moral “be careful what you wish for” is a well-used theme, this telling will resonate with (and tickle) the intended audience. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

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