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by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Ross Collins

Age Range: 4 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4270-0
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

A small girl searches for magic across bright red and blue pages. She muses about where fantastical beings are, and as she does so, each appears on the page attempting and repeatedly failing to get the girl’s attention. Kelly chooses a rhyming text sure to engage young readers, and Collins’s illustrations do their part. When she asks, “Where is the fairy who will grant me a wish,” the fairy is shown tugging the girl’s hair. “And what happened to mermaids? Did they turn into fish?”—a mermaid swims directly under the girl’s fishing net. As the wonderings include a flying broomstick, genie and goblins, the illustrations depict the exasperated creatures collecting, following the girl across each spread in ever-more-desperate efforts to prove they exist. Bright yellow pixies cause commotion in the kitchen, and a striped pastel-purple dragon curves from the fireplace breathing golden fire. Just when the girl decides “if there ever was magic, / it’s / all / leaked / away,” she realizes that magic is her power of imagination. Make sure to experience this ebullient celebration. (Picture book. 4-7)