THE MAGIC CAMERA by Manus Pinkwater
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The Magic Camera is just the sort of discovery every kid would want Dad to bring up from the cellar to make that boring day in bed with the flu pass quickly, and its fascination rests as much in its ""cranks and knobs and buttons and switches"" and in the ""real"" things it sees in a different way (the lamp chain in which each link reflects the whole room) as in the camera's special midnight magic. When Charles learns that everything the camera snaps disappears inside and can later be released through the back of the camera, he keeps his discovery private, and his experimentation -- shown in black and white doodly drawings -- leaves most of the view through the lens to the imagination while showing the camera's own gadgetry in detail. All in all, Charles just thought ""it was a very nice camera"" -- and so it is.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1974
Publisher: Dodd, Mead