Described unaccountably as a beginning reader, this is the serviceable but unoriginal story of Magnolia Possum (to rhyme...

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MAGNOLIA'S MIXED-UP MAGIC

Described unaccountably as a beginning reader, this is the serviceable but unoriginal story of Magnolia Possum (to rhyme with blossom?), whose grandmother finds a dusty old magic book at Mrs. Fox's store. Though Grandma is all for progressing slowly, Magnolia goes right to the disappearing trick, making postman Mr. Beaver invisible with a two-line ditty and a closing Abracadabra. Then she gets Grandma to make her (Magnolia) float on the ceiling, and only then do they discover that the back pages on undoing the tricks are missing. So it's back to Mrs. Fox's store where the floating Magnolia and the invisible postman surprise a robber. . . and Magnolia, from her vantage point near the ceiling, finds the missing pages stuffed into a mouse hole. Then with an Alakazam it's back to normal for Mr. Beaver and Magnolia, who will settle henceforth for making ice cream disappear. This pretty ordinary picture-book business is illustrated with agreeably loose and mildly amusing line-and-wash cartoons, which feature lots of flying curly tails and one show-off double-page view of the store from above the floating Magnolia.

Pub Date: May 20, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Putnam

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1983