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The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson


The Magician's Elephant

Written by Kate DiCamillo

Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

ratings:
4.5/5 (110 ratings)
Length:
2 hours
Released:
Sep 21, 2010
ISBN:
9781441889089
Format:
Audiobook

Description

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her?

The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it.

But it is-all of it-true.

Released:
Sep 21, 2010
ISBN:
9781441889089
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



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  • (5/5)
    Kate DiCamillo is herself a magician. Her stories are so perfect, memorable and emotional.....not just for children!
  • (4/5)
    My 100th read of the year! Yippee!!! And a gorgeous, beautiful book to be the one. Magical.
  • (5/5)
    I recommend this book to people who enjoy adventure stories. This book is about how an elephant is conjured by a magician through an opera house roof and has to be conjured home by the magician. There is a man who has to follow the elephant around with a bucket and a shovel for the whole book. I feel really bad for him! Sometimes the story gets a little sad, but it is a darn good book.
  • (4/5)
    What if? Why not indeed!
  • (5/5)
    "The Magician's Elephant" is a tribute to both the power of the imagination and the strength of the human spirit. The author's work has a whimsical and melancholy tone throughout. The tone reminds me of "The One And Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate, due to its meditation on the absurdity of the human condition. Both of these marvelous books bring us close to an animal's mistreatment in captivity, a grave and profound human error. How we find each other, in a seemingly uninterested crowd,is the human dilemma. Indeed, Peter and Adele find each other in a way that is somewhat pre-destined, and that seems impossible."The Magician's Elephant"also reminds me of the magic realist novel, "One Hundred Years Of Solitude."Both novels present absurdities, such as the contagious insomnia in Garcia-Marquez' work, or the elephant held captive in the ballroom of a countess.These absurdities force us to re-examine hope and faith in what is our destiny to do.-Breton W Kaiser Taylor
  • (2/5)
    I bought this book online for my nephew for Christmas after it came highly recommended for his age group on various reading lists. He hasn't read it yet and I'll be curious to see if he enjoys it.

    I liked part of it. I liked that it offers hope and curiosity and a spirit of love and responsibility. I'm not sure how well a child will relate to the prose though.

    The biggest drawback for me though, was the illustrations. I purchased the book in hard cover form and was incredibly disappointed with the illustrations. They were so all black and white, which I suppose went along with the story, but they were so dark as to be difficult to see and I was not a fan of the drawings at all.

    Had I actually seen the book prior to purchase I probably would have opted for something else.