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Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis

The third book in the Kat trilogy.  More magic and adventure in a semi-Regency setting.

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Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The return of the hamster princess who runs about in fairy tales! Mild spoilers for earlier volumes. . .
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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Been a few years since I read this.  Still the lightsome adventures of Mole, Rat, Toad, and Badger (plus appearances of Otter).

Picnic, poetry, getting lost in the Wild Wood, Toad's insane driving in motorcars, and more.

Even If I now notice that the animals' relationship to the human world is -- inconsistent.


Jan. 4th, 2017 09:56 pm
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Cinderella by Ruth Sanderson

A lovely illustrated picture book version. The retelling combined elements from Perrault's and the Grimms'.
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The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

Nick, a run-away boy, in the snow, stumbles on a grand house, and bookstore.  Hammering on the door bring out a man who asks him whether he can read -- he lies and says not -- and then drags him in to do his work, and never learn to be an evil wizard like him, since he can't read the books.
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Nov. 19th, 2016 11:53 pm
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Foxheart by Claire Legrand

A girl, abandoned at an orphanage at the age of three, grows up with no name (she refuses to answer to one) and as a troublemaker, in a land where the Wolf King keeps the evil witches down. She acquires a secret companion, a dog she names Fox.

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 11:12 pm
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StarChaser by Angie Sage

The final TodHunter Moon story.

It opens with the breakdown of lapis lazuli, which is the source of power for all magic. And around this weaves all the events stemming from earlier stories: the plotting of Tod's aunt, the secrets of the PathFinders, the importance of the keystone, Marissa's conspiracies among the Witches, pranksters among the apprentices, and more.


Oct. 19th, 2016 10:28 pm
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Ratpunzel by Ursula Vernon

Harriet's continuing adventures.
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Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

In a museum where her father is arranging a sword exhibit after her mother's death, Ophelia looks though a keyhole, being curious, and sees a boy. Dressed in very old fashioned clothes. And prisoner.

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A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

An interesting tale, definitely middle-grade, of magic and shadows.
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Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson

Dozens of nursery rhymes, famous and not-quite-so famous. Quite good illustrations, of both humans and anthropomorphic animals.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

Hmmmm. . . . I don't think I'm very fond of this book. Though it had some wonderful moments of gem-like perfection. . . I don't think it worked as a whole.
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Aug. 2nd, 2016 08:38 pm
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Return by Aaron Becker

The triumphant conclusion of the trilogy! Yes, you do want to read the first books first to lead into this sweet wordless tale.

Again, the little girl can't get her father to play and so goes through the door to the wonder-world. This time, her father notices and follows. Her being unappeased is interrupted by the villains of the first two. Problems ensue, leading to an excellent conclusion.
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The Duchess Bakes A Cake by Virginia Kahl

One day, the duchess, being bored, decides to bake a cake
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Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Got a freebie through Goodreads. A light, cheerful picture book with charming art. And some tweaks that any D&D player will know. . . 'cause Goblin is living in his cave (without monsters in the complex) until adventurers clean out the cave complex , including his best friend Skeleton. So Goblin sets out.

Nice touches like a pair of small dragons watching him along the way.
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Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

A children's book about wishes.  Four children -- plus their baby brother -- run through any number of permutations of what can go wrong with wishes after they meet up with a Psammead, or sand fairy.  Some of which are more disastrous than others, and some of which need a lot more effort to avoid disaster.
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Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic by Ursula Vernon

The return of Princess Harriet, still the typical rebellious princess with a quirky interest in fractions -- no longer cursed and so no longer invincible. It opens with her bored because of things like ogres taking up vegetarianism to avoid her.

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The Frozen Menace by Ursula Vernon

The continuing adventures of Danny Dragonbreath and his friends.  Trivial spoilers ahead.

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Nov. 25th, 2015 08:17 pm
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Imagine a Place and Imagine a World by Sarah L. Thomson, Rob Gonsalves

Another two books oftromp l'oeil transitions between one thing and the next. Topiary birds and green flying birds.  Underwater becoming the shore.  Autumn leaves to butterflies.  Rocks in a lake becoming buildings in a fog. . . .


Nov. 24th, 2015 08:06 pm
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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The origin of the lengthy Oz series -- a series that soon showed that demanding the author continue is not always wise -- but since they are at the beginning, the series is still going strong.

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