The Magician’s Elephant – Kate DiCamillo

6345760The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: September 8th, 2009
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 7+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Children’s, Family, Fantasy

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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 you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch. Continue reading