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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

2 Books Instead of 1

The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0763644102

From Kirkus Reviews
Ten-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene goes to the market for fish and bread but spends it at the fortuneteller's tent instead. Seeking his long-lost sister, Peter is told, "You must follow the elephant. She will lead you there." And that very night at the Bliffenendorf Opera House, a magician's spell goes awry, conjuring an elephant that crashes through the ceiling and lands on Madam Bettine LaVaughn. Reading like a fable told long ago, with rich language that begs to be read aloud, this is a magical story about hope and love, loss and home, and of questioning the world versus accepting it as it is. Brilliant imagery juxtaposes "glowering and resentful" gargoyles and snow, stars and the glowing earth, and Tanaka's illustrations (not all seen) bring to life the city and characters from "the end of the century before last." A quieter volume than The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006), this has an equal power to haunt readers long past the final page.

I took a quick break from the chunkster books I have been reading lately and read Kate DiCamillo's new book The Magician's Elephant.

Kate is a marvelous young persons writer.  I have really loved her books of Tale of Despereaux and the Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.  It seems Kate also always gets good artists to illustrate her books and this one is no different.

This one was a cute read but I will admit to liking her longer books.. this is much like a short story and if you know me at all.. I am not a lover of short in truth I would have loved this little book to be longer and the characters even more flushed out.  But if you ask me if I am disappointed in the book I will say no.  Kate DiCamillo is just too fine a writer to get disappointed at what she write.  If dreams could really come true you'd believe it reading one of Kate's books.



Simons Cat written by Simon Tofield

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (September 24, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0446560065

Product Description
Simon Tofield's animations have taken YouTube by storm. Now, the feline Internet phenomenon makes his way onto the page in this first-ever book based on the popular animated series. SIMON'S CAT depicts and exaggerates the hilarious relationship between a man and his cat. The daily escapades of this adorable pet, which always involve demanding more food, and his exasperated but doting owner come to life through Tofield's charming and hilarious illustrations.

There's nothing I can really say.. me and my cat  have a thing for Simon's Cat!...


Blogger cj said...

Okay, that's just too funny and reminds me of both my cats. Little Miss Houdini especially. She's still managing to let herself in and out...

The other book does sound interesting, too.


5:06 AM  
Blogger animewookie said...

My daughter has a sphynx and the antics of that cat remind me of her soooooo much, Thanks for the laugh Pat :D I needed it.

8:58 AM  
Blogger Debi said...

I can't quite Boo hugging the book or trying to rip it to shreds? I LOVE that photo!

12:28 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Funnily enough, sitting atop my grandaughter's library pile today was A Tale of Despereaux. I meant to ask her if she'd read it when she got home from school but forgot. Hopefully this new book will be in the library before too long.

And yaaaay for Simon's Cat!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

Oh both of these sounds neat! I've only read one DiCamillo before and though I liked it I haven't picked up another.

1:49 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

cj: as different as each cat is..there are some things they all seem to do lol

anime: thank simon! lol..

Debi: to be honest his nails weren't out so I"m not sure either LOL

CAth: she really is a good write for kids tales.

Tink: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Trulane is still my favorite

6:30 AM  
Blogger madcobug said...

Loved that video LOL. Cute pictures you made with Boo Boo kitty and book. Helen

7:12 PM  
Blogger Carl V. said...

I'm glad you enjoyed Magician's Elephant. You know me, I love short stories and this is perhaps my favorite book of hers so far...or at least a close tie with Edward Tulane.

10:04 AM  

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