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The Wizards of Once


Series
Wizards of Once

by
Cressida Cowell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Hachette Book Group
Imprint
Little, Brown
ISBN
9780316508339

Awards and Honors
Amazon.com Best Books of 2017, Ages 9–12
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence
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The warring worlds of Wizards and Warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure, the first book of a new series. Map. Black-and-white illustrations.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

384

AR

6.5: points 9

Lexile

890L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

13

JLG Release

Dec 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Princes. Princesses. Wizards. Witches. Magic. Imaginary creatures. Fantasy and magic. Friendship. Self-esteem and self-reliance. Female warriors. Tribes.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews

Horn Book

Wizards, Warriors, and Witches populate Cowell’s rollicking tale, one in which capital letters indicate Importance and Emphasis (mostly tongue-in-cheek) and a plethora of energetic illustrations keeps the textual excitement high. In a fanciful medieval-like Britain, the invading magic-abhorring Warriors maintain a fierce feud with the indigenous Wizards; both are terrified of the villainous Witches. We first meet the thirteen-year-old Wizard Xar—a brash boy in the vein of Peter Pan and Mowgli—who, tired of waiting for his magic to come in on its own, takes off with his massive entourage of magical creatures to find a Witch who, he is certain, will give him what he needs. Within pages they encounter the introspective Wish, a similarly aged Warrior with a much-smaller collection of companions. Having both struggled all their lives as disappointments to their parents and oddities in their communities, the two misfits reluctantly join forces to sort out a variety of Serious Issues involving those Witches, Magic, and More. While there are scary moments, the snarky and occasionally intrusive narrator as well as the spirited commentary in Cresswell’s scratchy pen-and-ink drawings have everything briskly moving along so as to keep nightmares at bay. Middle-grade readers with a penchant for lighthearted fantasy are sure to enjoy this series opener and look forward to the next volume. monica edinger

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Wizards, Warriors, and Witches populate Cowell’s rollicking tale, one in which capital letters indicate Importance and Emphasis (mostly tongue-in-cheek) and a plethora of energetic illustrations keeps the textual excitement high. In a fanciful medieval-like Britain, the invading magic-abhorring Warriors maintain a fierce feud with the indigenous Wizards; both are terrified of the villainous Witches. We first meet the thirteen-year-old Wizard Xar—a brash boy in the vein of Peter Pan and Mowgli—who, tired of waiting for his magic to come in on its own, takes off with his massive entourage of magical creatures to find a Witch who, he is certain, will give him what he needs. Within pages they encounter the introspective Wish, a similarly aged Warrior with a much-smaller collection of companions. Having both struggled all their lives as disappointments to their parents and oddities in their communities, the two misfits reluctantly join forces to sort out a variety of Serious Issues involving those Witches, Magic, and More. While there are scary moments, the snarky and occasionally intrusive narrator as well as the spirited commentary in Cresswell’s scratchy pen-and-ink drawings have everything briskly moving along so as to keep nightmares at bay. Middle-grade readers with a penchant for lighthearted fantasy are sure to enjoy this series opener and look forward to the next volume. monica edinger

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