MARMALADE AND THE MAGIC BIRDS by Robin Harris

MARMALADE AND THE MAGIC BIRDS

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An intrepid orange cat and a larcenous magician are the protagonists of this offbeat tale. Marmalade the cat is puttering about his house when a magician mysteriously makes off with all the birds. The fearless feline follows in hot pursuit. Through a magical chant of "OM-POM PUSH!" Ertax transforms himself, blending into the scenery. Marmalade eventually discovers the elusive magician and soon sets his feathered friends loose. In order to prevent Ertax from recommitting his offense, Marmalade offers an animal-friendly solution for the now birdless magician. Using decorated paper airplanes instead of birds, Ertax (with his new assistant Marmalade) is able to entertain audiences again. After the thrilling chase, the quick resolution and the formerly devious magician's abrupt acquiescence comes as something of an anti-climax. Full-page collage illustrations feature loud colors and eye-catching graphics; readers will enjoy the challenge of searching the pictures for Ertax's transformed self in the landscape. Individually the elements of this tale work: a moral that emphasizes cooperation and ingenuity, intriguing illustrations, feats of derring-do, etc.—but with the momentum faltering midway, the story fails to meld into a satisfying whole. No magic here. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2001
ISBN: 1-84148-316-8
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Barefoot
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2001