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 Grasshopper magic
 Author: Jonell, Lynne

 Illustrator: Dorman, Brandon

 Publisher:  Random House
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 102 p., ill., 21 cm.

 BTSB No: 498303 ISBN: 9780375870842
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Courage -- Fiction
 Grasshoppers -- Fiction
 Parades -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Siblings -- Fiction

Price: $17.21

To prove he is brave enough to portray his ancestor in a town parade, Abner Willow eats a bowlful of fried grasshoppers and suddenly gains the magical ability to leap and jump.

Magical Mix-ups, 3

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 158762
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.20
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 61608

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/13)
   School Library Journal (08/01/13)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2013 Gr 2–4—The Willow children are back for more magical escapades in this easy chapter book. Abner is dismayed to learn that he has inadvertently volunteered to march in his town's historical festival, dressed as his namesake, General Abner Willow. What if he falls off the horse? Or forgets the lines to his speech? His siblings devise the perfect solution-he needs bravery practice, which comes in the form of baked grasshoppers. Mrs. Delgado, the seamstress who comes to the house to sew Abner's costume, is delighted when she sees the children catching grasshoppers. "Back in my home country, we would catch all the grasshoppers we could find. Then we would eat them like you eat pretzels!" Abner is horrified. Young readers will be happily grossed out as he and his sister chomp on some baked and salted grasshoppers, and they will be amazed to find the siblings springing 20 feet into the air after consuming them. Since grasshoppers begin as eggs laid underground, they were able to soak up all the magic that is located in the town's soil. While having grasshopper magic is fun at first, the children quickly realize that there is a problem-Mrs. Delgado took home some grasshoppers for her two-year-old son, and the children have to act quickly to stop him from eating them and bouncing away. Dorman's charming pen-and-ink illustrations do a fine job connecting readers to the story. While the magical elements might seem a bit contrived, the book's target audience will buy into these aspects without a lengthy explanation needed.—Lisa Kropp, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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