Magical Kids: The Smallest Girl Ever; the Boy Who Could Fly

By: Sally Gardner

Ruby's mother is a magician, and her father is a genie, but it takes Ruby a while to embrace her own abilities. Meanwhile, she just keeps getting smaller and smaller. . . . Read Ruby's story, then flip the book over for another magical tale, in which a most unusual fairy grants Thomas Top a birthday wish. Imagine Thomas's surprise when he discovers that the wish actually came true-and he can fly! Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780803731592

JLG Release: Jan 2009


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Topics: The Smallest Girl Ever: Magicians , Disappointment , Nannies , Reading , Becoming an orphan , Lawyers , Boarding schools , Expectations , Embarrassment , School inspections , Shrinking , Long-lost relatives , Imposters , Anger , Kindness , Birthday parties , Discovering a talent , Fame , Theft , Court cases , Magic lamps , Magic wands , Being loved , The Boy Who Could Fly: Fairies , Wishes , Gym class , Jumping , Being ordinary , Flying , Bullies , Inspiring others , Fishing trips , Arguments , Growing up , Becoming dull , Having fun , Painting a house , Reconciliation

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Horn Book

In Girl, the daughter of neglectful magicians realizes that, despite previous indications to the contrary, she does have a magic power: shrinking. Boy is about a child whose wish to fly takes him in unexpected directions. These light fantasies, packaged together as a flip-the-book, are enhanced by plentiful and lively black-and In Girl, the daughter of neglectful magicians realizes that, despite previous indications to the contrary, she does have a magic power: shrinking. Boy is about a child whose wish to fly takes him in unexpected directions. These light fantasies, packaged together as a flip-the-book, are enhanced by plentiful and lively black-and-white drawings.

Junior Library Guild

Sally Gardner adds two more quietly humorous tales to her Magical Kids series. Each story offers some gentle lessons mixed with the matter-of-fact fantasy adventure. The Boy Who Could Fly presents a cautionary tale against losing sight of the important things in life. (Thomas’s dad is trying so hard to be grown-up and responsible that he Sally Gardner adds two more quietly humorous tales to her Magical Kids series. Each story offers some gentle lessons mixed with the matter-of-fact fantasy adventure. The Boy Who Could Fly presents a cautionary tale against losing sight of the important things in life. (Thomas’s dad is trying so hard to be grown-up and responsible that he loses track of his dreams and having fun.) It also offers a quiet warning against ordinariness. The Smallest Girl Ever, meanwhile, reinforces the importance and power of reading (in a world of both child and adult magicians, Ruby is the only one who knows how to read) and serves as a reminder that strangers aren’t always to be trusted (a cruel magician poses as Ruby’s uncle in an attempt to gain greater magical powers).

The brief chapters, with abundant line art, are just right for early-chapter-book readers. Chapter endings, which often foreshadow events to come, keep the plot moving. (“‘Imagine that,’ said Aunt Hat . . . ‘It must be my lucky day. This bag could come in very handy.’ Just how handy, she was about to find out.”)

Satisfyingly, good prevails in each tale. Having finished one, readers will be enticed to flip the book over and follow one happy ending with another magical adventure.

Book Details

ISBN

9780803731592

First Release

January 2009

Genre

Fantasy.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/8" x 8"

Page Count

224

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.8; Points: 3;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 7;

Lexile

Level 730L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Dial

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

The Smallest Girl Ever: Magicians, Disappointment, Nannies, Reading, Becoming an orphan, Lawyers, Boarding schools, Expectations, Embarrassment, School inspections, Shrinking, Long-lost relatives, Imposters, Anger, Kindness, Birthday parties, Discovering a talent, Fame, Theft, Court cases, Magic lamps, Magic wands, Being loved, The Boy Who Could Fly: Fairies, Wishes, Gym class, Jumping, Being ordinary, Flying, Bullies, Inspiring others, Fishing trips, Arguments, Growing up, Becoming dull, Having fun, Painting a house, Reconciliation,

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