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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Review: Grasshopper Magic (Jonell)

Title: Grasshopper Magic
Author: Jonell
Genre: Fiction, Magic, Siblings, Parades
Pages: 102
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Ages: 1st-3rd grades

This is a fun addition to the author's "Magical Mixups" series. I received an advance copy of the first book in the series, "Hamster Magic," years ago and it was one of my daughter's favorite books that year (I think it was 2nd grade? Maybe beginning of 3rd grade?). I was asked to review this latest book by the publisher and have included my "booktalk" below. This is a fun title, as are all the books in the series. Perfect chapter books for younger readers who are ready to tackle the next level of books. 

Abner agreed to dress up as a town historical figure and lead the annual parade. And then he realized he was going to have to give a speech. Abner is afraid of speaking in public and surely does not want to talk in front of the whole town. His little sister comes to the rescue by suggesting bravery lessons. The first task? Eat a toasted grasshopper! Actually, this doesn’t sound so bad to Abner and he ends up eating almost an entire bowl of the “snacks.” The problem? He forgot that the grasshoppers hatched from eggs underground…the ground that has magical powers. After eating all those magical bugs, Abner can suddenly hop like a giant grasshopper, all the way up to the rooftop. And then the siblings remember that someone took home a batch of the toasted grasshoppers to share with her two-year-old son. What is going to happen when a toddler starts jumping around like a grasshopper? It’s up to Abner and his brother and sisters to “hop to it” and rescue the boy before anything bad can happen.

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