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The Magician's Elephant: Kate DiCamillo; Illustrator-Yoko Tanaka

The Magician's Elephant

Kate DiCamillo; Illustrator-Yoko Tanaka

Published by Candlewick, 2009
ISBN 10: 0763644102 / ISBN 13: 9780763644109
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Title: The Magician's Elephant

Publisher: Candlewick

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible: Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Like New

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.


Signed by author on title page without inscription. Stated 2009 first edition with full number line. Bookseller Inventory # unit12-5

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Synopsis: In a highly awaited new novel, Kate DiCamillo conjures a haunting fable about trusting the unexpected ? and making the extraordinary come true.

What if? Why not? Could it be?

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it?s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes ? hope and belonging, desire and compassion ? with the lightness of a magician?s touch.

Review: Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009: Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo--author of The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-- has crafted another exquisite novel for young readers. The Magician's Elephant tells the tale of Peter Augustus Duchene, a ten-year-old orphan who receives an unbelievable piece of information from the local fortuneteller. Peter learns that his fate is tied to an elephant that has inexplicably fallen from the sky when a magician's trick goes terribly wrong. Why did it happen? And, how can an elephant possibly change the course of Peter's life? This darkly atmospheric, yet hopeful tale, demonstrates that when the answers to life?s big questions are opaque or unforthcoming, all is not lost. DiCamillo's rhythmic writing, combined with Yoko Tanaka's mysterious black-and-white illustrations, enchants and calls out to our sincerest wishes and dreams (recommended for readers ages 8-13). --Lauren Nemroff 

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