WANDA AND THE BUMBLY WIZARD by James Flora

WANDA AND THE BUMBLY WIZARD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The cartoon adventure of prim-looking, large-headed Wanda, who is on her way to employment with her second cousin the queen when she sees a little man in a dangerous spot. She helps him; he impresses her with some magic tricks, though they don't all go just right (their conjured dinner is bananas, not roast beef, and the rain tent has holes in it); and soon they go off to the palace together on a flying bed. For a while it's one magic-solved emergency after another, all told with Flora's matter-of-fact composure, and for a show-stopper the two end up subduing a gross and menacing giant. (Wanda is not above pouring boiling water down his boots.) With that, the now well-behaved giant becomes Wanda's friend at the palace, while the wizard goes back to wizard school for some needed extra lessons. This is no match in inventiveness for Grandpa's Ghost Stories (1978), or in sheer energy for The Great Green Turkey Creek Monster (1976). But for Flora fans there are lots of down-to-earth wonders dished up with just-kidding aplomb--and no commercials.

Pub Date: March 13th, 1980
Publisher: Atheneum