Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Magician's Elephant

Kate DiCamillo has a gift.

This is a woman who can craft absolutely beautiful stories that I care so much about. I had been anticipating The Magician's Elephant for so long, as had my students. There is a real melancholy about her writing that fascinates me, because it is rare in books for this age group.

She also works with the most fantastic illustrators. All of her books have illustrations with gauzy, ethereal drawings that really compliment her stories.

The major themes in The Magician's Elephant, as in DiCamillo's other books, are hope and faith. I love the faith that Peter, the protagonist, maintains against all odds. Also, there's nothing better than a story where many different plot threads tie together beautifully at the end.

Read this!

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