Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Seven-Day Magic by Edward Eager
This book is geared towards a slightly younger audience than some of my more recent kid lit posts. Perhaps second graders would find this book at an independent read - depending on the second grader of course.
Five children go to the library. One of them finds an old, musty book. They of course check it out for the week and begin reading it on the walk home. That's when things start to get a little hairy. Or dragon-y, I should say.
Apparently, Eager is a big fan of E.S. Nesbit. This book's writing style, setting, plot and nearly everything else closely aligns with those like Five Children and It. Does anyone know if there is a proper name for this genre of turn-of-the-19th-century children's magical theme books? It seems like there should be, since there are quite a few of them out there. I remember one of a princess, who is not a princess but makes baked goods for a dragon instead. Hm, what was the title? It was a fun read, I should look it up again.
Seven-Day Magic is pretty fun too. It's a book I would recommend after recommending the real classics like Nesbit. But if a student likes It, then there is a good chance he or she might like this one.