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Author: Mitchell, Malcolm
Today is Family Fun Day at the library, and a magician named David puts on a show with his special trick--having the children pull books out of his tall hat, books that touch their deepest dreams and unlock their hopes for their future.
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Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.10
Points: .5 Quiz: 193821
School Library Journal (00/01/18)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 01/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—New England Patriots wide receiver Mitchell has written a serviceable paean to reading as a means of making your (career) dreams come true. Suitably cheerful cartoon illustrations show a diverse group of children and families at a magic show at the library, with psychic reader's advisory as the grand finale. One by one, children from the audience reach into the magician's top hat for books, each of which is somehow about that child's dream career, thus proving that "books are magic." The lanky white magician even convinces a skeptical kid who claims to want to be a dog when he grows up: deep down the boy wants to be an astronaut, so the magic hat gives him a book about space. There are missed opportunities to promote the joy of reading for its own sake, as well as to encourage perseverance when reading does not feel like magic. Nevertheless, the amusing story encourages children to see the library as a fun place and to see books as a source of inspiration and support for their passions. VERDICT A good-natured addition, if a bit simplistic about the benefits of reading.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.