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THE MAGIC TOOLBOX by Mie Araki

THE MAGIC TOOLBOX

by Mie Araki & illustrated by Mie Araki

Age Range: 5 - 7

Pub Date: March 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-8118-3564-2
Publisher: Chronicle

Araki suggests that anything is possible, given the right tools. As Lulu, a rhinoceros, builds a fine boat and other sophisticated constructs from blocks, little bunny Fred’s simple houses keep collapsing, until he gives up and stomps outside in high dudgeon. Enter a talking toolbox, proffering an array of tools, measuring implements, screws and nails—along with such additional necessities as snacks and Band-Aids. Fred sets to, designing, building, and painting a full sized house (using up the snacks and Band-Aids, too), finishing just as Lulu comes lumbering up to admire it. “Nothing to it,” he responds casually. The illustrations, made from woodblocks printed on finely textured rice paper, feature expressive animal characters and simple, bold-lined, brightly colored props; the result has an eye-pleasing simplicity that nicely matches the terse, tongue-in-cheek tale. An engaging debut. (Picture book. 5-7)