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THE WIZARD NEXT DOOR by Peter Glassman


by Peter Glassman & illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-688-10645-5
Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

 Only the narrator recognizes Mr. Myers as a wizard; only he can see that the new neighbor is not grilling hot dogs but cooking up a magic potion, that he has huge, fantastic pets, can summon up a tornado to rid himself of unwelcome visitors, and--as substitute teacher--presides over a wonderfully magical day. Finally, it's suggested that the magic is in the books Myers shares with the boy; but kids will be most interested in Kellogg's imaginative rendition of his extravagant fantasies about his neighbor--which run from pirates and the Cheshire Cat to dinosaurs and spacecraft. Lightweight, but fun. (Picture book. 5-9)